Portraits from 34 photographers from across the nation will be featured at the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery’s latest show, “Contemporary Portrait Photography Exhibition and Awards Competition.”
The exhibition runs Nov. 21 through Dec. 13, with an opening reception planned for Nov. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the Horton Gallery is free and open to the public.
Photographer Aline Smithson was engaged as the exhibition juror to select works from a call for entries. She is a photographer and Founder and Editor in Chief of"Lenscratch," a daily journal on photography. Smithson also teaches at the LosAngeles Center of Photography.
Smithson selected 34 photographers for the exhibition, each with one image. Included from the Stockton arts community is photographer Natalie Petersen. The exhibition provides a variety of photographic techniques and styles, ranging from traditional analogue photography to contemporary digital manipulations. In addition to the exhibition, photographer Brent Reaney will conduct a portrait photography workshop with advanced Delta College photography students.
“As a juror, I look for a level of excellence — was the photograph created as a fine art image or simply a snapshot?" Smithson said. "As the work ends up in a gallery space, the concern of quality is critical. Is the image in focus (or blurred with intention), have the dust spots been removed, is it well composed, has the photographer avoided over-sharpening and over-saturating?
"I consider if the work challenges, transports, and delights, and I also consider the show as a whole," she added. "The photograph has become ubiquitous in our culture and in order to stand out, it is necessary to push beyond the ordinary or the common tropes that have already been covered."
For further information and digital images, contact Gallery Director Jan Marlese at [email protected].
Dan Farnum, Best of Show $600
Brent Reaney, 2nd Place $400
Joshua Littlefield, 3rd Place $300
Linda Barsotti Castro Valley
Bratt Cody Pacifica
Mark Coggins San Francisco
Richard Dweck Menlo Park
Catherine Fairchild Houston, Texas
Dan Farnum Tulsa, Oklahoma
Olya Gary Palo Alto
Paul Greenberg Dallas, Texas
Richard Greene Los Angeles
Anna Grevenitis Brooklyn, New York
Rohina Hoffman Sherman Oaks
Judi Iranyi San Francisco
Diana Nicholette Jeon Honolulu, Hawaii
Kelly Joslin Dayton, Ohio
Flynn Larsen Beacon, New York
Moishe Lettvin Boulder, Colorado
Joshua Littlefield Savannah, Georgia
Michael Martin San Jose
Sarah Meftah San Francisco
Shelby Meyerhoff Winchester, Massachusetts
Peter Miller San Mateo
Bridget Murphy Milligan Tiro, Ohio
Natalie Petersen Stockton
Brent Reaney Houston, Texas
Marcie Rich Emeryville
Rebecca Rothey Laurel, Maryland
Amanda Schaaf Asheville, North Carolina
Nicole Schlaeppi Alameda
Luke Seward Willington, Connecticut
Andrew Sohn Berkeley
Dafna Steinberg McLean, Virginia
Cherie Truesdell Marietta, Georgia
Jiaxuan Wang Chicago, Illinois
Gary Zuercher San Clemente