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The Poetry of the Ordinary

Deadline for submissions: Oct 17, 2022
Prints due: Nov 16, 2022
Exhibition: November 30 - December 22, 2022

“Joy comes to us in moments — ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary."      —Brené Brown

As photographers, we have developed skill in seeing beneath the surface of our subjects, and often find in them the beauty, poignancy, and poetry that exist in ordinary moments. For this exhibition, we seek the simple poetic elegance of the ordinary. All captures and processes are welcome.

We are honored that Henry Horenstein will be the curator for The Poetry of the Ordinary. He will select up to 35 images for exhibition in our Middlebury, Vermont gallery and another 40 images for our Online Gallery. All 75 images will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. See bio below.

Submission: $39 for 5 images, $6 each additional 

How to submit your images
Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

Banner image: Eileen Busby
Home page thumbnail:  Deb Dawson

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Georg Krausch web
Georg Krausch
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Daniel Christie
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Leah Phillips

About the Juror

Henry is professor of photography at RISD. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with legends Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 30 books, including several monographs of his own work such as Honky Tonk, Histories, Show, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. He has also authored Black & White Photography, Digital Photography, and Beyond Basic Photography, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art school students as their introduction to photography. His Shoot What You Love serves both as a memoir and a personal history of photography over the past 50 years. His latest monograph, Speedway1972 was just published by Stanley/Barker.

In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners, and Blitto Underground. He is currently in production on Where Everybody is Somebody, a film about Cajun Louisiana.

See his work at

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