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Call for Entries

Portraits and Portrayals

Open to all photographic mediums
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Juror: Michelle Rogers Pritzl

©Michelle Rogers Pritzl

Portraiture has been a popular genre of photography since the earliest days of the medium. We continue to be compelled by the photographic character studies of Nadar and Julia Margaret Cameron, the social portraits of Dorothea Lange and August Sander, and the conceptual self-portraits of Cindy Sherman. There are billions of unique people to photograph and an infinite number of ways in which to do so.

A photographic portrait can be more than just the delineated likeness of a person inscribed onto a light-sensitive medium. A well-made portrait presents the viewer with an invitation to study the psyche of an individual. We can understand many things about a person based on the facial expression, posture, gesture, wardrobe, and environment captured in a photograph. We are given an insight into the subject’s traits, personality, and character, and the opportunity to comprehend the truth of someone beyond everyday outward appearances.

This isn’t to say that a portrait must absolutely represent the sitter. By deliberate misrepresentation, the portrait can now portray something other than the person modeling. It can be a portrayal of something else—another person, as an actor portrays a character; a statement on the human condition; or a metaphor for something else entirely.

We are seeking images that address the topics of portraits and portrayals. These may be portraits of others or self-portraits that help to give the viewer an understanding of the subject, or they may be portraits that portray another being or concept. Forty to fifty photographs will be chosen by the juror to be exhibited at Gallery 136½.

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