Photography Contest

Black and White 2023

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Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur working in all photographic mediums and styles. International entries are welcomed. Work that has been previously exhibited at A Smith Gallery is not eligible.

Entry Fees |

$40/5 images

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"Black and white is obviously a description of a type of photograph. It is also a reference to things being absolute, easily defined. In automobile racing the black and white checkered flag signifies the end of the race.

The words black and white can signal a lack of color. Black can exist without light. White is made of light. Mix them and you get grey. Grey is a color. Black and white photographs typically are chock full of greys.

Simultaneously show someone a black and white photograph of cherries, apples and firetrucks, ask them what color they are, and they will say "red." They can be wrong — apples can be green, cherries can be purple and firetrucks can be yellow. Show someone a black and white photo of a still life of charcoal, inkwells and crows and they will correctly identify them as black.

Interesting how somethings are called black but are actually brown or burnt umber — or something is called white when it is pink or tan? If you showed someone a still life of black people and asked them what color they are they would answer, "black." If you showed them a still life of white people they would say, "white." What if you asked the same questions of someone that had never seen a black and white photograph, that lived only in a world of color and no labels?.." From "Lost In The Neighborhood With Books" By Franklin Cincinnatus

JUROR: Ann M. Jastrab will be the juror for “black/white”. Ann is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and programming. These regional traditions evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before taking the helm at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery and also the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years. Ann has curated many shows in California while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues. Ann is also a teacher, writer, and master darkroom printer.