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6th Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibition at The Image Flow

Entry Dates 2022-07-29T23:59:00 - 2022-05-10T00:00:00 65 Days Left


Detail of "Wallflower", 2020. Lumen and Chemigram Mordançage. © Tom Condon


CALL FOR ENTRY: Alternative Process Photography

Exhibition Dates: October 7 – December 21, 2022
Juried by: Adam Finkelston, J. Jason Lazarus, Chris McCaw, and The Image Flow

6th Annual Alternative Process Photography ExhibitionThe Image Flow invites artists to submit work to our sixth annual group exhibition of alternative process photography. Cyanotype, platinum-palladium,gum bichromate, van dyke, photogravure, tintype, ambrotype, wet plate collodion, mordançage, transfers and lifts, salt prints, hand-painted, original lumens, and any combination of alternative process photography will be considered.This national call for entry is open to all artists living or working in the United States. Only original alternative process prints or plates will be accepted for exhibition. Please, no digital prints or reproductions. All entries must be original works of art and entirely the work of the entrant. Accepted entries will be exhibited at The Image Flow in San Anselmo, California.Submission Deadline:  July 8, 2022, at 11:59 PMEligibilityAll artists living or working in the United States submitting artwork made using alternative photographic processes.See for accepted mediums and processes.All artwork must be framed to professional standards. For details see Framing section of Terms & Conditions.Registration & Fees$30 non-refundable registration fee. Artists may submit up to 3 images for review once registered.Image File Requirements2500 px on the longest edge, 72ppi, JPG saved at 80% quality in sRGB colorspace.File size must be limited to 4MB.For more information about submission policies, liability, and criteria please visit our Terms & Conditions.Call for Art CalendarSubmissions Open | May 10, 2022Submissions Close | July 8, 2022, at 11:59 PMSelections Announced | August 19, 2022Last Day to Receive Artwork | September 30, 2022Exhibition Opens | October 7, 2022Opening Reception | Saturday, October 15, 7–9PMExhibition Closes | December 21, 2022Deinstall & Artist Pickup | Week of January 9, 2023

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Adam Finkelston is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Prairie Village, Kansas. Mr. Finkelston’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions and is included in popular publications on alternative process photography. Mr. Finkelston has taught art at various levels for 18 years. Currently, he is a guest lecturer in printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute as well as a teacher and visual arts department coordinator at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, KS.In addition to teaching, Mr. Finkelston is the owner and publisher of, The Hand Magazine: A Magazine for Reproduction-based Arts, through which he has curated and juried numerous exhibitions.

J. Jason Lazarus is an Alaska-based photographer and educator that creates handmade and narrative-driven photographic work utilizing a wide range of alternative and historical photographic processes. Lazarus has served as a photographic educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2005, teaching and developing a wide range of courses in digital, alternative and traditional darkroom photography. His alternative process work ranges from abstract Chemigram prints that discuss the complex historical legacy left behind by World War II to darkroom-printed Mordançage images that show a fragile Western American landscape decaying under the pressures of resource development, economic failures and climate change. Lazarus also spends the lengthy, dimly-lit winter months in Alaska creating unique portraits of its fragile tundra, as seen in his series entitled “Resilient”.Photo Credit: Ardem Zhdanov

Chris McCaw has been getting his hands wet in the darkroom from the age of 13, and since then he has been unable to separate his personal life from his photographic life.The early years involved self taught explorations in skateboarding/ zine /punk scenes with a fisheye lens and Tri-X through the mid-late 80’s. After high school he learned everything he could about photography. He fell in love with the simplicity of large format cameras, and in 1992 got his first 4”x5”. The following year he fell for platinum/palladium printing and larger cameras. After reworking the boundaries of analogue photographic mediums with his Sunburn project, Chris continues to rethink traditional use of photographic materials. He is currently building his own cameras, manipulating the mechanics of how cameras record time.


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