Let There Be Light (and Shadow)
"Motifs", one of the photographs from my Valparaíso series, is part of a group show curated by Harvey Stein at Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York.
Gallery exhibition: February 1 - March 3, 2018
Magnum Swap Shop
"Winter Shapes" was selected for the Magnum Swap Shop. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Magnum, the photographic agency and theprintspace invited photographers to participate in a swapping projects. All shortlisted photographers get the chance to swap prints with each other and grow their collection the same way David Hurn has.
The selected images will be on display in an exhibition at theprintspace in London.
Gallery exhibition: June 30th - July 11, 2017
TPS 26: The International Competition
"The Ladder" was selected in the TPS 26 exhibition, juried by Alison Nordström, independent scholar and former Senior Curator of Photographs at the George Eastman House.
The exhibition will open at J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, before travelling to other venues across the state.
Gallery exhibition: May 5 - July 16, 2017
"What these selected images share is a love and understanding of the medium, technical excellence, fresh vision, and strong authorial control. These photographs also show great love for the look of the world around us; the convey to us, their lucky viewers, their maker's delight at what they see, frame and preserve." Alison Nordström
Order the exhibition catalogue here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1285508
Two Honorable Mentions in the 2016 MPA
Two of my mobile images received honorable mentions in the 2016 Mobile Photography Awards.
About The MPA
"The Mobile Photography Awards were founded in 2011 to recognize and celebrate the talent and imagery of the mobile photo & art communities. Alongside our annual competition (October-December), we produce themed exhibits with international open calls throughout the year.
If it’s true what Henri Cartier-Bresson says, that our first 10,000 photos will be our worst, then mobile photography has given people an historic opportunity to quickly get past 10,001. The MPA is a showcase for photographers and artists who have embraced this decisive moment."
The exhibition was juried by renowned photographer, teacher and author Sam Abell.
Gallery exhibition: February 1 – March 3, 2017
View and order the exhibition catalogue here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1221220
‘What gives life to a photograph?” is a question I have long considered. Take the selection of images before you. They have been chosen from more than 2,200 entries for the juried exhibit ‘Composed’. But what distinguishes the few selected images from the others? What gives them life?
One, they are built on a sound foundation of craft. The photographers have met a credible standard for camera work and image presentation. Poor technique hasn’t condemned their work.
Two, vision. Each selected image demonstrates an interesting, sometimes original, way of seeing. This, of course, is crucial.
Three, qualities of composition. All photographers pursue subjects; the best simultaneously pursue settings in which to situate their subjects. In the selected images there is a meaningful marriage between subject and setting that isn’t accidental.
Linking craft and vision to the critical skill of pictorial composition creates photographs with the potential to come alive in the mind of the viewer.
But that potential goes unrealized without a spark to ignite the image. Photographers seek that ineffable spark in life’s fleeting moments. These are the moments familiar to all of us–a graceful gesture, the telling expression, a change of light, the momentary rearrangement of things in the busy world. Or all of these at once. Clarifying this visual chaos is the challenging work of photography. But when done well the results seem inevitable.
Successful photographs, like these, are complete within themselves. That’s what made them selections for this exhibit. They are also suggestive and cannot be easily memorized. That’s what gives them life.
- Sam Abell