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Portraits Without People

with Juror Roula Seikaly

Axis Gallery Sacramento   /   Deadline: 12/27/19

Axis Gallery invites photographers to submit work that addresses the prompt "Portraits without People." The exhibition will be on view in March and April 2020 as part of Sacramento Photography Month.

Portraiture is a foundational photographic genre. It is a means of defining ourselves visually. But, how do we define ourselves beyond our physical presence? Can the definition of portrait expand to include what lies beyond our physicality to include passions, fears, places we live, the car we drive, the food we eat? Can photography convey who we are without including the human form?

For this open call, we invite you to submit work that demonstrates your understanding and interpretation of portraiture as an expansive genre, not one strictly defined by the presence of a human subject.

Roula Seikaly is an independent curator and writer based in Berkeley, CA, and Senior Editor at Humble Arts Foundation. Her curatorial practice addresses contemporary photography and new media, social justice efforts in contemporary art and exhibition making. She regularly contributes to print and online platforms including Hyperallergic, Photograph, BOMB, and KQED Arts.

$35 for three images/videos
Additional entries $10.00 each, limit 10
Videos are limited to a total of 3

December 27, 10:59 PM PST: Entry due
Late January 2020: Notification of acceptance by email, and on the CaFÉ site
February 24–29: Shipped work to arrive
February 28–March 1, 12–5 pm: Hand delivery to Axis Gallery
March 6: Exhibition Opens
March 14: Second Saturday Reception, 6 pm
April 26: Exhibition Closes
Shipped work returned at close of exhibition.
April 26 from 5–6 pm or by appointment: Hand-delivered work pickup

Sales are encouraged. The gallery will retain 40% commission on any work sold.
Price of work should include commission to gallery.

Work will be insured at Axis Gallery but not in transit.
The gallery will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes and be featured in an exhibition catalog.

Axis Gallery is an artist-run space that has been in operation for over 30 years, with a national reputation for bringing contemporary and challenging exhibitions to Sacramento. The gallery is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the selection and presentation of works of art.


Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA


$35 for three images or videos


Open to artists residing in the U.S.

Contemporary original photographic or video work
Photos should not exceed a framed size of 48" in the longest dimension.

Videos must be 5 min or shorter (this work will rotate on a monitor installed in the gallery with other accepted work)

All work must be original, produced within the last three years and not previously shown at Axis Gallery.


Please submit JPEG and video files via Call for Entry at
Prepare your files according to the CaFÉ guidelines.


All selected artists' work is included in the exhibition. Axis also provides a press release and social media promotions. All artists and friends are welcome to celebrate the exhibition with us at the 2nd Saturday reception in March.

Contact Information

Nick Shepard
625 S St
Sacramento, CA 95811


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