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Black & White: Call for Entry Exhibit

On Exhibit: September 12th through November 4th, 2014

Juror Paul Berlanga - July 8, 2014 - Black & White Juror Statement

First, I’d like to commend any and all of you who made the effort.

Out of 1220 plus images, there were 72 to be chosen.  Emphasis in selection inevitably fell on quality of design, (regardless of whether works were abstract or classically representational), tonal range (which can be quite deceiving when viewed only online) and the extent to which this viewer was engaged by the subject matter, be it a woman in pain, a rushing stream or a looming edifice.  

I need to apologize to those of you who are outstanding printers and take great care with paper stock and process.  You are at a bit of a disadvantage here, as the pixeled screen sometimes plays down those fine distinctions best discerned by the naked eye, while offering an enhanced sense of lesser efforts.  Would that it were possible to have viewed everything in hand.  Do not let connoisseurship go away.  The image is never complete without its physical manifestation in paper, precious metals or inks. 

That said, I made selections based on what looked to be the most successful and engaging examples of works in various categories.  Each print was considered a number of times.  I looked for pieces that felt complete.  There were a couple of challenging images that were not chosen because, while the concept was refreshing, the execution came across as completely secondary.  Much attention has been given to the “conceptual” in photography, often to the detriment of craft.  Other entries were passed over despite fine execution if I felt the artists had been too influenced by their mentors and heroes.  I found many works of quality beyond the 72, but these events, being what they are, have physical limits.
So thank you all and remember that the most important thing, if you are determined to create a career as an artist, is to pursue your art, day in and day out.  Just do the work.  Otherwise you run the risk of becoming a gallery director.

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