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2014 FStop Call for Entry

Next FStop Meeting Is September 17th 6:30 - 9:00

Photo: Mike Dvorak

America is such a loaded word in the history of photography. In 1938 the Museum of Modern Art mounted its first exhibition, Walker Evans American Photographs.  The museum published the book “American Photographs,” to go with the exhibition. Evans sequenced the book so that there was a continuous narrative to his work. Along with an insightful essay by Lincoln Kirstein the book became a work of art unto itself. Robert Frank’s iconic “The Americans,” built on Evans book and has become the most important photography book of his generation.  It still resonates today with its sequencing and the consistent point of view. The poetic forward by Jack Kerouac helped create another book that is a unique work of art. Joel Sternfeld’s book “American Prospects,” from that 1970s provides another point of view using America as a subject to make personal observations about us.  Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott, Diane Arbus, Lauren Greenfield, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, have all added to this idea of what is beautiful and what is dark about our American life.

There is history for us to consider but we will make our own statement about what we think the American way is.  This is really an open-ended topic that should help us take a look at our surroundings

We all have traditions in our own lives that provide subject matter. I know you will find moments that will define your observations on The American Way.
Juror: Tom Arndt

Call Opens:
June 18, 2014
Accepted Images: Each Member will have an image selected by the jurors and it will be exhibited in the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in a full-color Exhibit Book available for purchase.
Cost For Entry: 25.00 first 3 images; maximum is 3
Submission Deadline: August 29th, 2014
Results Announced: September 8, 2014
View The Exhibition: November 7, 2014 – January 2nd, 2015
Opening Reception:Friday, November 7 - 6:30 – 9:30
Submitting Your Entries:
Submit your work via the online tool, Smarter Entry System
To submit click on Account Login to begin. Create an account if
you don’t already have one. Simply pay online then upload your images.

About the F•Stop Group

The F•Stop Group is a community of photographers that meet on a monthly basis, September through June, and are dedicated to critiquing and supporting each other's work. The mission of the F•Stop Group is to promote aesthetic and technical growth in each person's photography. Tom Arndt hosts the group and Sally Mars will co-host. 

Starting with its new season Mpls Photo Center will continue that support for the F•Stop Group, sponsoring and hosting the meetings at the Mpls Photo Center the third Wednesday of every month, except for the months of July and August.

Join the Group
Anyone can join the group. If you choose to attend one of the meetings, the cost is $5 per meeting, and goes toward special guest speakers, physical space to facilitate the meeting, snacks and beverages. You may sign up by emailing

Meeting Dates for 2014 - 6:30 -9:00
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th
December 17th

Group benefits include:
Peer review and critique

At each monthly meeting, five presenters show their work. The work must be made in the last year and each presenter may show only once per year. The work should be shown in print form, and in print color or black and white. Critiques last approximately 15 minutes. The presentation begins by the presenter introduce themselves and shares a bit of information about the work. We ask that you keep it brief so there is ample opportunity for conversation. Tom Arndt provides his insight into the work and is part of the critique process. All F•Stop members are asked to respect each other in the critique process by offering ideas that help better realize the photographer's intent. Not all FStop members are at the same level of accomplishment, but everyone can benefit from thoughtful comments. This idea creates an atmosphere that is different from meeting to meeting.

If you would like to show your work at the next  meeting, you may sign up by emailing, please tell us the date you would like. Please bring prints.

Along with critique, there may be guest speakers or videos as part of the meeting. The heart and soul of The F•Stop Group is community. One of the special events is an annual "field trip" to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), hosted by David Little, Curator of Photography and Head of the Department of Photography.

For more information on the F•Stop group or to join, please email:


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