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Our Call For Entry

"The Ties That Bind"
Rituals and Memories We Call Family

Juror: Howard Christopherson
Photographer, Gallery Owner, and Master Framer. His photography has been shown in the USA, Japan and Italy,and published in art photography magazines including: B&W, COLOR, and ZOOM. He was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant in 2010 by the Minnesota State Arts Board. His photographs are in the The Minnesota Historical Society and several corporate and private collections.


Throughout the year, we turn our attention to spending time with our families, both near and far. The traditions of gathering together, sharing experiences, and doing our “family stuff” drives us to observe our legacy family rituals, and for many, share our spiritual. These yearly rituals often carry long established expectations, and our feelings can range from unabashed joy to abject dread. 

All people share a universal truth; we each started with a mother and a father, and so did they. Whether these couplings are pre-ordained or random is debatable, but the biology is not. Out of this Nature moment follows the Nurture particulars, and that’s where the similarities mostly end.

So we don’t get to choose our family. It happens to us, and for the most part defines who we are. 
We can choose our friends, but we are all gloriously stuck with our families. Loyalty to our family is a commitment that is often strained by reality. There are some in our family that we don’t particularly care for, and others that we love unconditionally, and would die for.

Luckily, family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.

So please, show us your family! 


Here are a few familiar quotations that may guide you when photographing or choosing your submissions:

“I smile because you are my brother…..I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it.”

“Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute.”

“You can’t choose your family….but you CAN choose to turn them in for the reward!”

“REMEMBER—as far as anyone knows—we are a nice, normal family.”



Cost for Entry: $35 for three images
Submitting Your Entries: Submit MPC Online Tool, Smarter Entry
Image Requirements: sRGB or RGB color space (standard); 72 ppi resolution
flatten layers 8 bit; 1280 pixels on the
longest side; JPG format, compression level 8 (medium).

Call for Entry Close: February 27th, 2016
Exhibit Dates: April 8th-May 20th, 2016

Opening Reception: April 8th, 2016

1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded, along with 3 Honorable Mentions

Exclusively at The Photo Center!
Exhibition Open daily 11:00 - 5:00

Select images from Brian Peterson's landmark
book "MINNESOTA  State of Wonders"

January 15th thru March 13th, 2016
This Exhibit is Free and Open to the Public

Brian presenting a 40X30 print from the MPC show to photojournalist Ben Garvin
from KARE 11. Printed by Master Printer Jonathan Pavlica, Mpls Photo Center

Click Here for KARE 11 TV Feature!



 Are you a long-time film user looking for a darkroom to use? Are you interested in film but never had the chance to learn how to develop your own? Mpls Photo Center has the answer. 

MPC’s Community Darkroom Night opens its doors to film shooters, new and experienced, to check out our darkrooms, our film scanners and fine-art quality inkjet printers. On the first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm to 9pm MPC open our darkroom doors and invite anyone who has an interest in film photography to visit.
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