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Rock & Roll - International Call for Entry

Music photography has changed over the years. Musicians are more protective of their image and restrictions apply at almost every touring rock show. Barriers have been set making it much more difficult to capture the “Decisive moment.” That being said, a great music photograph stands out by showing the viewer the personality of the subject. A moment captured by a photographer is a moment in time captured forever, document the history of an art form.
                                                                            - Juror, Paul Natkin

About the Call:
The subject, "Rock & Roll" is interpretive, rather then literal and includes all photographs that represents Rock & Roll. Whether through an on stage performance to what's happening back stage . From musician to roadies, Fender guitars to Ludwig drums, concert tickets to concert posters.

Submission Details
• Juror:
Paul Natkin
Prize Awards: First Place - $400, Second Place - $300, Third Place - $200 and Three Honorable Mentions. Prizes and Awards include

  a free full-color exhibition Book All images selected by juror will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published 
  in a full-color Exhibit Book available for purchase.

• Accepted Images: All images selected by juror will be exhibited throughout the Mpls Photo Center Galleries and published in a
  full-color Exhibit Book for purchase.
• Cost for Entry: $35 first 5 images, $10 each additional
Submission Deadline:
November 8th, 2014
• Results Announced: November 15th, 2014
• On Exhibit: January 16th thru March 1, 2015
Opening Reception:
January 16th, 2015

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. 
 When you see the image thumbnail under Submitted Images, you image has been received for the show/contest. You will be able to change an image or add additional information regarding that image, at no cost, by logging into your account. Changes may be made up to the appropriate deadline.
When preparing images for uploading, please adhere to the following file specifications:

• sRGB or RGB color space (standard) - NOT CMYK (typically used by printing industry)

• Save files to 72 ppi resolution; flatten layers, 8 bit JPEG files (16 bit will not upload.)

• Sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional

• JPG format, compression level 8 (medium). Compression level will not affect the quality of viewed images.

• Use period preceding jpg in the file name. Characters (!@#$%^&*()_+) will result in uploading problems.

Acceptance: All entrants will receive an e-mail notification. Accepted images will be posted on the Mpls Photo Center website along with instructions for gallery presentation.

Exhibit Prints: Mpls Photo Center will only accept framed prints with a bright white mat and traditional black wooden or metal frame (nothing ornate). Printing, framing, and shipping/ repacking fees are the responsibility of the exhibiting artist. For the convenience of those not living in Minnesota we offer optional fine art printing and framing services at an additional cost to the photographer. For additional artist information, please contact us at

Copyright: Individual photographers retain sole copyright to their images in this exhibition

Usage Rights: Artist who are accepted grant MPC the right to use their images for purposes of marketing the exhibition,publication of the exhibition book, and subsequent display of the Center's website of exhibitions. Artists grant the use of their images as stated without further contact or compensation from the Mpls Photo Center. Artist's recognition is provided with any use.

                                                 Juror, Paul Natkin

My Life, Up to Now!
My father was a well-known and well-traveled photographer who had quit photography to raise a family and become a building contractor. 1971 was not a good year to be in the building business, so he looked for something else to do. He called some of his old friends in the photography business to ask for work. One of them was the team publicist for the Chicago Bulls, who hired my father as the team photographer. When he came home after the first game he photographed, the perks he told me about were too much to resist (free parking, free admission, and the best seats in the house). At that moment, I decided to become a sports photographer!
I learned on the job, and soon figured out that I could translate my excitement to my love of music. In 1975, I started going to concerts and shooting pictures. Figuring out how to earn a living doing this was more difficult, but through perseverance I started acquiring magazine and newspaper clients, and began working with record company publicity departments. During the 1980’s I was a frequent contributor to Creem Magazine, along with many other music magazines (Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parader) as well as many mainstream magazines, including Newsweek, Time, People, Playboy, Ebony and Entertainment Weekly. I also started contributing to album art, both at the major label level (Ozzy Osbourne, Alanis Morissette, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter) and to many indie labels (Alligator, Delmark and Blind Pig).In  June of 1984 I had a particularly great month: I photographed Prince’s birthday party in Minneapolis, the start of the Jackson 5 Victory Tour in Kansas City, and the beginning of the Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA tour in St. Paul (which included photographing the filming of Bruce’s first video – for the song “Dancing in the Dark”).
This paid off in 1985 when my picture of Bruce appeared on the cover of the August 5th issue of Newsweek.   1985 also brought numerous magazine covers around the world featuring photos from my evening at Prince’s party. The publicity from the Newsweek cover led to a five year stint as the staff photographer of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 1988, a chance discussion with Keith Richards’ manager led to me following Keith’s Xpensive Winos Tour as the tour photographer. After that I spent three and a half months on the road with the Rolling Stones as the tour photographer for the Steel Wheels tour in 1989.  I did one more tour with Keith in 1993, spent a month with the Stones Voodoo Lounge tour in 1994 and also worked on their 1997 Bridges to Babylon tour.

                                                               Paul Natkin - Music Photographer / Exhibit Juror


All Photos © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve

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