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Portraits Beyond Faces

A curated international photography exhibition

September 21 – October 15, 2024

Portraiture emerged as one of the most prominent genres of depictive media early in the history of the visual arts; tacit or explicit rules, conventions and cultural expectations have always influenced the ways in which artists approached the genre. Photography is no exception. Numerous different and characteristic styles of portraiture emerged throughout the history of the medium. We usually assume that faces are necessary components of portraiture; we may, however, learn just as much about the character, the personality of a person by looking at images that depict other parts of their bodies, show us the objects or places associated with them. Not focusing on the face may open up a new dimension of interpretation. Our Portraits Beyond Faces exhibition is dedicated to this challenging divergence from the more conventional approaches to the genre.

 

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for our group exhibition themed Portraits Beyond Faces. We welcome submissions from all photographers interested in this theme, providing them with an opportunity to share their work with a broader international audience through the exposure offered by PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly defined, and we are interested in all kinds of portraits that characterise persons without focusing on the depiction of their faces.

Submission deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline: July 15, 2024

  • Final deadline: July 22, 2024

Read more and submit your work here.

Shape

A curated international photography exhibition

October 19 – November 12, 2024

Shapes are one of the most important aspects of creative photographic compositions. Living beings and inanimate objects, including the built environment, come in many forms, and photographers often rely on the creative possibilities offered by their shapes. While in some cases the images of things only serve a depictive function, at the other end of the spectrum, abstract photography concentrates on shapes and forms for their own sake, to the point where we can no longer recognise the depicted objects themselves. Between being either insignificant or the only significant element, the shape of recognisable forms may also be the driving compositional component of an image. That is, the shapes of living beings and objects may be of central importance to the composition of photographs, not only in abstract photography but also in virtually all other photographic genres. These images capture our attention and stand out for their creative compositional form. 

 

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed Shape. We are seeking submissions from all photographers interested in this subject who would like to share their work with a wider international audience through the exposure provided by PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly construed; we are looking for photographs in which shape is a significant compositional element, including abstract photography. Indeed, we are interested in all possible creative photographic interpretations of the theme.

Submission deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline: August 12, 2024

  • Final deadline: August 19, 2024

Read more and submit your work here.

From Heliography to AI: Celebrating Photographic Diversity
A PH21 Gallery exhibition in Barcelona

A curated international photography exhibition

December 9–19, 2024, PH21@Barcelona

The history of photography is a chronicle of continuous invention and renewal of technical processes and the expressive repertoire of creative photographic communication. These changes in photographic practices have given rise to numerous distinctive approaches, styles, and genres. Some genres rely on staging and directing, while straight photography and street photography seek to create photographic meaning without prearranging the world in front of the camera. Genres such as portraiture and still life may incorporate both major approaches. Photomontage, double exposures, lomography, and recently AI-generated photo-based images rely on the unexpected, the accidental, and the glitch to create photographic meaning.

 

This exhibition is designed to celebrate photographic diversity. In the spacious Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona, we intend to devote separate sections to 19th-century alternative processes, straight photography (including traditional landscapes, cityscapes, portraiture, etc.), photographs capturing the “decisive moment” (including street photography and other images capturing fleeting moments in any captivating situation), staged photography (including both conceptually driven staged art photography as well as still life, and other staged genres), and experimental photography (including photomontages, double exposures, lomography, photographic glitch art, AI-generated photo-based images, abstract photography, etc.). In your submission, please indicate the section you think your work fits best or let us know if it belongs to another category.

 

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed From Heliography to AI: Celebrating Photographic Diversity. We are seeking submissions from all photographers who are interested in photographic genre and style traditions and would like to share their work with a wider international audience through the exposure of PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly defined; we welcome submissions from all photographic genres and styles, including abstract compositions. We are interested in all possible creative interpretations of photographic genres and styles.

Please note that this PH21 Gallery exhibition will be presented in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, in collaboration with Valid World Hall Gallery, a renowned centre for the visual arts.

Submission deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline: October 14, 2024

  • Final deadline: October 21, 2024

Read more and submit your work here.

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