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Portrait: A Picture Show

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Theme: Portraiture

The Black Box Gallery is pleaseed to announce a juried group photography exhibition on contemporary portraiture. Gesture and Pose, Image and Identity, Street and Documentary, Travel, Constructed Narrative, Self Portrait, Vernacular, Environmental, and Snapshot, Family Narrative, Fashion and Nude, all have visual statements that can be made in the world of portraiture photography. What is the attitude, character, and expression of contemporary portrait photography? 

Juror: Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson is the founder and director of Black Box Gallery. Johnson was awarded his MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been a photography portfolio reviewer for Photolucida and he has juried The Drawers Program for Blue Sky Gallery. He has also worked as an independent photography curator organizing shows by international photographers in Portland, OR, at Linfield College and Gallery Homeland. For 15 yeas he has been a college photography instructor in Portland. Johnson has exhibited his photographic work in Portland OR, at The University of Oregon (White Box Gallery), Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University (The Art Gym), FalseFront Gallery, Reed College, Linfield College, and Augen Gallery. National exhibitions include Bushwick Open Studios (Brooklyn, NY), Carroll Square Gallery (Washington, DC), Davis and Cline Gallery (Ashland, Oregon), Hi Lo Gallery (Olympia, Washington), Midway Gallery (Bloomington, Illinois) and The Diego Rivera Gallery (San Francisco, California). 

Deadline: October 9th

Exhibition Dates: November 1-20, 2020

Please Note: Black Box Gallery will be open by appointment only during November due to COVID-19. 

Each exhibition will have 24 photographs selected by the juror for exhibiton at the gallery.

An additional 30 photographs will be selected by the juror for exhibition in our on-line gallery annex.

All 54 photographs from the show will be included in a catalog available for purchase on Blurb Books.

Rules/Guidelines: Black Box will provide Free printing, Free matting and Free framing for all of our exhibitions. The photographers who are selected into the exhibition by the juror will provide a high resolution Tiff or JPEG file for our gallery to print.

We have 18” x 24” black frames. Our white mats are pre cut for 12” x 18”, 12” x 12” and 12” x 16” prints (we also have a few other odd sized matts). We print on an Epson Stylus Pro archival ink jet printer, on Epson Premium Luster Photo paper, in a color-calibrated environment. This is a very accurate custom print, just like a custom lab would print, we have over 25 years of custom printing experience. 

All exhibition prints will be kept in a flat file after the show for future sale and promotion for the photographer. This will allow the gallery to further promote our photographers and exhibitions to collectors, curators, critics and to the general public. Black Box will shred all gallery prints after 5 years of exhibition in the flat files. 

File agreement for accepted photographers: Black Box will only print one exhibition print. If there is a sale inquiry, the photographer will be notified before a sale is confirmed, edition information will be discussed with photographer, the photographer will be sent a authentication document to be signed and go with the print to the collector. No sale or printing of file will happen without prior consent and agreement of photographer. All rights remain to the file and print with the photographer, to be used only with their prior consent. Exhibition print will not be sold, but used in our flatfile at Black Box Gallery only to promote the photographers work. 

Black Box Gallery takes a 50% commission on all sales, 50% goes to the photographer. If artist prefers the print does not have to be for sale. Print will be for exhibition and promotion only.

For more information regarding this opportunity for photographers, please visit the Event Website.


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