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The Decisive Moment

juried by Sam Abell

PhotoPlace Gallery   /   Deadline: 12/11/17

The phrase 'decisive moment' permanently entered the language of photography in 1952 with the publication of Henri-Cartier Bresson's classic book of black and white images. In words and pictures Bresson presented his philosophy of photography:

"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression."

'The decisive moment' became the name for an entire school of documentary photography, one that profoundly influenced--and continues to influence--generations of photographers. I am one of those photographers.

Why? Because the phrase succinctly describes our highest aspirations. We believe there is both truth and beauty in the image that eloquently--decisively--captures life's fleeting moments.

In her diary Virginia Woolf also wrote about moments. She saw in them a spiritual importance and forcefully wanted them to be emotionally and artistically realized. She wanted moments to 'stay' and lamented that, "No one ever says that enough." But photographers, I believe, say it every time they skillfully make a thoughtful, heartfelt photograph.

This juried exhibition is a call to those photographers who have taken one of photography's true tests: The straight rendering of life's moments.
— Sam Abell

Location

PhotoPlace Gallery's mission is to support contemporary fine art photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. PhotoPlace Gallery sponsors exhibition opportunities through international juried exhibits in Middlebury, Vermont, through its published exhibition catalogs, and on its website.

Fees

$35 for up to 5 images, $6 each additional

Eligibility

Open to all photographers. To encourage international participation, we offer free matting and framing for the duration of the exhibit.

Requirements

See link below for details and submission. Submission deadline is midnight, December 11, 2017. Digital files only, submitted through our website. See link below.
http://photoplacegallery.com/decisive-moment/

Awards

Sam Abell will jury Alternative Process. He will select approximately 35 images for exhibition in the gallery, and approximately 40 additional images for exhibition in our online gallery.

All 75 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer's URL. Gallery exhibition January 31 to February 24.

Opening reception on February 3, with a gallery discussion by Sam Abell.

Contact Information

James Barker
PhotoPlace Gallery 3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

P: 8023884500
F: 8023884500
W: http://photoplacegallery.com/decisive-moment/
E: photos@photoplacegallery.com

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