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In addition to the juried exhibition, EXPOSURE, the PRC was pleased to offer another opportunity for PRC members, a print publication. The publication will be printed as a full-color insert into our fall 2009 newsletter, in the loupe, which comes out in September.

The PRC Juried Publication competition features one image per selected artist and contact information. The publication has a circulation of over 2,000, including members, libraries, colleges, and museums.  It was designed by Weinberg Design and, as you can see by the above cover, it looks fabulous!

We were delighted to have as our guest juror, Dana Faconti, Editor and Publisher of Blind Spot magazine and Executive Director of Photo-Based Art, the non-profit publisher of the art journal.

Announcing the 2009 Selected Artists
Fall 2009 issue, Volume 33, Number 4

Out of hundreds of images, juror Dana Faconti selected 27 images for publication. Congratulations!

Ri Anderson
(San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico)
Clint Baclawski (Boston, MA)
Gideon Barnett (Jasper, TN)
Chris Bentley (Santa Fe, NM)
Deborah Bright (Boston, MA)
Christopher Churchill (Amesbury, MA)
Annie Claflin (Boston, MA)
Maureen Drennan (Brooklyn, NY)
Jess T. Dugan (Cambridge, MA)
Matthew Gamber (Boston, MA)
Gigi Gatewood (Providence, RI)
Erik Gould (Pawtucket, RI)
Phil Jung (Boston, MA)
Susan Lakin (Rochester, NY)
Shane Lavalette (Cambridge, MA)
Rania Matar (Brookline, MA)
Brad Moore (Laguna Beach, CA)
Blake D. Ogden (Cambridge, MA)
Lydia Panas (Kutztown, PA)
Jeremias Paul (Cedar City, UT)
Peter Riesett
(Brooklyn, NY)
Christopher Sims (Efland, NC)
Mickey Smith (New York, NY)
Laura Swanson (Providence, RI)
Millee Tibbs (Providence, RI)
Phil Underdown (Gardiner, NY)
Johanna Warwick (Boston, MA)

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The PRC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards:

Claudia Angelmaier (Germany)
Alejandro Chaskielberg (Argentina)
Curtis Mann (IL, USA)
Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick (NY, USA)
Honorable Mention (online only): Seung Woo Back (South Korea and UK)

The Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards honor the co-inventor of Kodachrome film, a person whose contributions have had a major and lasting impact on photography. The awards were made possible through the generosity of Godowsky, Jr.’s late wife, Frances Gershwin Godowsky, in counsel with her son, Leopold Godowsky III.

For this year’s award, the PRC sought nominations from close to 200 top international directors, curators, critics, and authors in the photographic and contemporary art communities. Eighty-five artists and artist teams submitted their work for a final panel jury.

The jurors for the 2009 Godowsky Awards were William Ewing, Director, Musée de l’Elysée (Switzerland) and Hannah Frieser, Director, Light Work (NY, USA), as well as Leslie K. Brown, former PRC Curator and Jennifer Uhrhane, Godowsky Curatorial Fellow.

The awards were granted based on the criterion of excellence, as represented by a recent portfolio of color images produced in the last two years, with this cycle focusing on emerging artists and new approaches. In addition to artist honorariums and exhibition at the PRC (scheduled for November 13, 2009 – January 24, 2010), a full-color brochure will be published, and a special online component will be launched.

By acknowledging such international talent, the PRC hopes to bring to light issues not only important to individual photographers and the global arts community, but also to introduce new work to this region. The 2009 Awards represent a truly diverse array of approaches to color photography and will be an important event for the PRC, Boston, as well as the legacy of Godowsky and color film.

Click here for more information and links to the artists.

All images are courtesy the artists – Angelmaier also courtesy of galerieKleindienst, Leipzig; Back also courtesy of Gana Art New York; and Kahn and Selesnick also courtesy of Carroll and Sons, Boston

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The wonderful Edgar Allen Beem interviewed a whole host of our favorite photo spaces and friends and the results are featured in July issue of PDN.  The article, “Preparing for Launch: Non-Profit Photography Spaces are a Proving Ground for Emerging Photographers,” is chock a block full of excellent advice for getting your work out there.

I was interviewed about the PRC’s ops for and devotion to emerging photographers, especially the Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. It also details how places like the PRC are here for YOU!

The whole Fine Arts issue is amazing. Grab a copy!  PS – online access is for subscribers only – get thee to a newsstand for the whole issue, it’s worth it!

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Even though the juried show is now no longer on the gallery walls, we are featuring images from EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. This is the last image/artist featured before we start up our auction feature next week!  Enjoy the below statement and check out the links.

Surf on in to our flickr site and check out installation shots and photos from the opening reception of EXPOSURE by clicking here.

KEVIN VAN AELST

My color photographs consist of common artifacts and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged, assembled, or constructed into various forms, patterns, and illustrations. The images aim to examine the distance between the “big picture” and the “little things” in life-the banalities of our daily lives, and the sublime notions of identity and existence. While the depictions of information-such as an EKG, fingerprint, map or anatomical model-are unconventional, the truth and accuracy to the illustrations are just as valid as their traditional depictions. This work is about creating order where we expect to find randomness. I also hope that it suggests that the minutia all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.

Kevin Van Aelst, Right Middle Finger, 2007/2009, Digital C-print, 40 x 30 inches, courtesy of the artist

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Even though the juried show is now no longer on the gallery walls, we are featuring images from EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Check back this Thursday to see the last image, including artist statements and website links.

Surf on in to our flickr site and check out installation shots and photos from the opening reception of EXPOSURE by clicking here.

LOUISA MARIE SUMMER-“Youth in the Republic of Georgia” 2007

Youth in the Republic of Georgia -or the fantasy of ‘normality'”

The Republic of Georgia lies at the Black Sea and is located at the dividing line between Europe and Asia. Georgia has been a representative democracy since 1991 but faces severe problems with its neighbor Russia and its separatist regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

These four images were shot in April and May 2007 and are part of a hardcover book of 125 photographs entitled /Megobrebi! Searching for the Future/. This work documents the diverse lifestyle of contemporary Georgian youth. Today’s young people are torn between religious and traditional values – including honesty, pride, family, and hospitality – and their dreams of a Western way of life with its attendant status symbols such as cars, fashion, and glamour.

With my pictures, I want to communicate people’s everyday life, including their experiences and emotions, so that the observer gets an impression, a feeling about what it means to be a young person living in the Republic of Georgia today.

Louisa Marie Summer, Smoking Youngster, 2007, from the series “Youth in the Republic of Georgia,” Archival inkjet print, 16 x 24 inches, courtesy of the artist

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Even though the juried show is now no longer on the gallery walls, we’ll continue to feature two images per week from EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition until next Thursday. Check back Monday and Thursday to see the last images and artists, including artist statements and website links.

Surf on in to our flickr site and check out installation shots and photos from the opening reception of EXPOSURE by clicking here.

BETSY SCHNEIDER-“Scenes” 2000-2009

With the hope of subtly subverting expectations of what childhood should look like, I strive to make images which are at once familiar and strange, provocative and reassuring, candid and performative. I believe that childhood is defined less by an idealized state of innocence and more by a drive for knowledge and experience. The series consists of intuitive and spontaneous pictures taken when I am with my children and their friends in our everyday lives: in backyards, pools, parks, motels, zoos, etc..  The work grows out of my observations of my children’s’ experience of the world. Ultimately, the work, like parenthood itself, has proven to be far less of a means to express my previously established ideas about children and being a parent, but has taken on much more of its own journey, teaching and revealing as much as reflecting. This continues to be a work in progress.

Betsy Schneider, The Tub, 2003, from the series “Scenes,” Archival inkjet print, 16 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist

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Even though the juried show is now no longer on the gallery walls (it is closed as of June 29th), we’ll continue to feature two images per week from EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition until next Thursday.  Keep checking back to see an image per artist as well as artist statements and website links.

Surf on in to our flickr site and check out installation shots and photos from the opening reception of EXPOSURE by clicking here

LYDIA PANAS-“Family Pictures/Untold Stories” 2007-2008

These are family pictures.  Not the ones you find in a family album, but the ones we put aside.

The photographs are not always comfortable. They ask that we look deeper than the surface. They record the distances that separate individuals. They hold ambiguities and conflicts as well as expose secrets.

I invite families to pose for me. I feel deep affection for those who stand in front of my camera and tread gently with their feelings.  I wait until the face they present to the public is gone and try to photograph what lies underneath: the complex part we often don’t see about ourselves.  Though at times, I am unsure if I should continue, it is the job of the artist to expose and reveal.

My own feelings are uncovered in the process. (We can only see that which we recognize.)  I photograph so I can understand.

Lydia Panas, Tony and Maddie, 2007/ 2008, from the series “Family Pictures / Untold Stories,” C-print, 32 x 40 inches, courtesy of the artist

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the PRC’s Matching Fund now through June 30thClick here or on the orange button below, it’s quick and easy and much appreciated!

As with many other non-profits, the PRC is dealing with the effects of the economic downturn. A number of PRC board members have come together to launch a matching fund drive. For every dollar that you give, an additional dollar will be contributed to the PRC, up to $20,000. Our goal is, with your help, to raise $40,000 before June 30th from this special fundraising initiative.

Please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. We understand that these are challenging times for everyone. Know that your contribution will make a real difference.

As always, we appreciate your participation in our efforts to continue to support all the programs that make the PRC so unique.  Thank you.

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In this new feature, we’ll be featuring two images per week from EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Keep checking back on Mondays and Thursdays to see an image per artist as well as artist statements and website links.

This is the last weekend of the physical show, but we’ll continue to feature images from Exposure until mid July.  So, if you are in the Boston area, stop by before June 28th!  The PRC is open this Thursday, 10 – 8pm, Friday 10- 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm. Click here for directions.

Surf on in to our flickr site and check out installation shots and photos from the opening reception of EXPOSURE by clicking here

BRAD MOORE

These photographs were shot in modest, well-worn, suburban cities in central and inland Southern California. Built in the 1950s and 60s, these cities provided a new home and future to a post-war population. This is where I grew up and, after 25 years, I returned. The areas I remembered were fading away, and I was struck by the simultaneous growth and decline. Initially, it was the buildings that interested me; I shot them in formal, almost symmetrical compositions. Then I began shooting the surrounding shrubbery with the same architectural approach. I liked the way the buildings and plants worked together, so that is how the project evolved. I have opted to avoid traditional, documentary-style photography; instead I have photographed in primarily static compositions, reflecting change, irony and evolution.

Brad Moore, Kermore Lane, Stanton, California, 2008, Archival pigment print, 16 x 21 3/4 inches, courtesy of the artist

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In this new feature, we’ll be featuring two images per week from EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Keep checking back on Mondays and Thursdays to see an image per artist as well as artist statements and website links.

Surf on in to our flickr site and check out installation shots and photos from the opening reception of EXPOSURE by clicking here.

SARAH A. MARTIN-“You are What You Love” 2007-2008

Growing up, I was told the acronym, J.O.Y, was the key to establishing a fulfilled life. J.O.Y. is a reminder that life is balanced when your priorities are: Jesus, others…and then, you. So, what happens when your religious upbringing doesn’t make sense and all of a sudden you are O.Y.J. or just O.Y.? That doesn’t spell anything, does it?

I am looking to my childhood friends, old Sunday-School rooms, and the new generations of J.O.Y. seekers to make sure I’m not missing the point. Some of my old friends are also struggling to balance priorities, secret desires, and misplaced maternal instincts (pets) ultimately hoping more than anything to find a place to put their love.

Sarah A. Martin, Untitled, 2007/2008, from the series “You are What You Love,” Archival inkjet print, 12 x 18 inches, courtesy of the artist

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