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Upside down

A curated international photography exhibition

February 8 – March 2, 2024                                                                  newsletter

While photographs are valued for their depictive potential and representative content, the non-depictive, non-representational aspects of photographic works are also strongly related to their aesthetic significance. In this spirit, art photography has always aimed for the unity of form and content. Abstract photography has gone even further, celebrating abstract compositions for their own sake, without the need for appreciating or even recognising depictive content in the images. Turning a photograph upside down tends to strip it of its representative function because the depicted scene and objects are difficult, if not impossible, to recognise when the image is turned on its side or upside down. However, the formal, compositional aspects of photographs become more pronounced in this manner, as our attention is directed away from scene and object recognition. In our Upside down exhibition, we aim to showcase photographs that are indeed turned upside down. Any photograph is eligible if the artist is willing to present it in this unconventional way. Abstract photographs might be considered the most suitable candidates for this experimental exhibiting method, but there are many depictive works as well whose compositional qualities might also be appreciated in novel ways when turned upside down. This allows us to liberate ourselves from scrutinizing and concentrating solelyon their representational content. Landscapes, bodyscapes, symmetrical compositions, and even architectural and street photography may be excellent candidates for presenting images upside down, but photographs from other genres may also be considered for this exhibition.


PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition with the theme Upside down. We welcome submissions from all photographers interested in this subject, eager to share their work with a broader international audience through the exposure of PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly interpreted, as it is independent of generic or stylistic constraints. We are interested in all creative photographic interpretations of this theme.

Submission deadlines:

  • Early bird deadline: December 4, 2023

  • Final deadline: December 11, 2023

Read more and submit your work here.

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