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Vision and Expression:
the art of photography – Barcelona

A curated international photography exhibition

April 3–10, 2024, PH21@Barcelona

A PH21 Gallery Exhibition in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

 

Although photography initially emerged as a technological invention, it quickly evolved into an expressive artistic practice. Pictorialist photographs from the nineteenth century were crafted to resemble paintings, while proponents of straight photography in the early twentieth century aimed for a purely photographic approach to conveying meaning. Street photographers dedicated the medium to capturing fleeting moments, and in the latter part of the twentieth century, many photographers embraced staging and directing to employ photography as a means of artistic visual communication. Straight photography derives expressive meaning from the observed scene, while directorial, or staged photography involves creating a scene based on a preconceived notion. Art photography today encompasses various genres and creative practices, ranging from portraiture, landscape, and still life to staged, abstract, and conceptual photography. More recently, AI-generated photo-based images have also asserted their presence in the art photography scene.  In this call, we invite contemporary photographers to demonstrate their understanding of photography as an expressive fine art practice in the twenty-first century.

 

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed Vison and Expression: the art of photography. We welcome submissions from photographers interested in photography as an art form and looking for a venue to showcase their work to a broader international audience through the exposure provided by PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly construed, and we encourage submissions from all artistic photographic genres and styles, including abstract compositions and AI-generated photo-based images (explicitly labelled as such). We are interested in exploring diverse and creative photographic interpretations of what photography as an art form might entail.

 

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: February 19, 2024

  • Final deadline: February 26, 2024

Read more and submit your work here.

Out of the ordinary

A curated international photography exhibition

May 4–22, 2024

Out of the ordinary is often characterised as strange, unusual, odd, peculiar, bizarre, uncanny, weird, mysterious, or even surreal. Subjects, scenes, themes, perspectives, compositions, portrayed events, visual experiences, and imaginative narratives may all deviate from the ordinary. Photographers often step into the realm of the extraordinary through the lens of their camera, embracing the unconventional, where the peculiar dances with the mysterious, and the odd intertwines with the surreal. They explore the realms of strange, unusual, and uncanny. Some venture into the world of traditional straight photography, where authenticity captures the essence of the outlandish. Others delve into staged photography, where each frame unfolds a narrative beyond the ordinary, or embrace the art of photomontage, seamlessly blending disparate elements to craft a visual tapestry of uniqueness. AI-generated photo-based images offer a digital canvas to manifest the bizarre and create a fusion of reality and imagination. This exhibition celebrates the diversity of perspectives that redefine the ordinary and elevate the extraordinary. The photographer’s lens is the gateway to a realm where the peculiar becomes art, the bizarre transforms into beauty, and the unconventional takes centre stage.

 

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed Out of the ordinary. We welcome submissions from all photographers interested in this subject, aiming to showcase their work to a broader international audience through the exposure provided by PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly construed, traditional straight photography, staged photography, photomontage, and AI-generated photo-based images are all welcome. We are keenly interested in all possible creative photographic interpretations of the theme.

Submission deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline: February 26, 2024

  • Final deadline: March 4, 2024

Read more and submit your work here.

Personality: Contemporary Portraiture

A curated international photography exhibition

June 1–25, 2024

Portraiture emerged as one of the most prominent genres of depictive media early in the history of the visual arts, and the tacit or explicit rules, conventions and cultural expectations have always influenced the ways by which artists approached the genre. Photography is no exception; numerous different and characteristic styles of portraiture emerged throughout the history of the medium. Today we live in an exciting new era for portraiture. There has never been a time in human history when so many portraits and self-portraits were produced day after day as in the era of digital technologies. Photographers have responded to the cultural, social and technological changes by reinterpreting the age-old genre of portraiture, and it is always an exciting and rewarding task to organize an exhibition for some of the recent achievements in the field.

 

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed Personality: Contemporary Portraiture. We are looking for submissions from all photographers who are interested in this genre, and who would like to share their work with a wider international audience through the exposure of PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly construed; from traditional fine art portraits to selfies, people may be portrayed in countless unique ways. Indeed, we are interested in all possible creative photographic interpretations of the theme.

Submission deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline: March 25, 2024

  • Final deadline: April 1, 2024

Read more and submit your work here.

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