Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a call for entries for a global photography challenge, Great Pictures for Hard Times. Against the backdrop of the U.S. Presidential election, we invite individuals to submit images that show how they, their families and communities have been impacted by or responded to today’s economic and political challenges. Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 1 through Friday, November 2, 2012. The Photo Challenge and is free and open to all participants, ages 18 or older. The judges are Ellen Fleurov, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, assisted by Juliana Zipay, Membership & Marketing Assistant.
Throughout the Photo Challenge period, all entries will be published via Instagram, http://instagram.com, from any Apple or Android device. Periodically, the judges will select notable pictures that will be featured on Silver Eye’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/silvereyecenterforphotography, and Twitter feed, http://www.twitter.com/silvereyecenter.
Four grand prize winners will be announced at the end of the Photo Challenge and each will receive a two-year membership to Silver Eye and an inscribed, autographed copy of Photographs Not Taken, edited by Will Steacy, Silver Eye’s current exhibiting artist.
The Photo Challenge is open to individuals living anywhere in the world, 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.
How and What To Enter
- The contest period is from midnight, Monday, October 1 to midnight, Friday, November 2, 2012.
- You may enter up to five (5) photographs taken between January 1, 2012 and November 2, 2012.
- Upload images via Instagram, http://instagram.com/, from any Apple or Android device.
- Each picture must include a caption with a title, location and date of the image.
- Each picture must include the hashtag “#silvereyecenter” to be eligible for judging.
- Please make sure that the “photos are private” setting in Instagram is switched off in order for your photo submissions to be viewed.
- All Photo Challenge submissions can be viewed at http://hashgr.am/silvereyecenter.
Prizes and Notifications
Every week throughout the Photo Challenge, the judges will select notable pictures to be featured on Silver Eye’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, and announcements will be mailed to more than 7,000 email subscribers.
Four (4) grand prize winners will be announced on Monday, November 5, 2012 and will win an autographed copy of Photographs Not Taken, edited by Will Steacy, Silver Eye’s current exhibiting artist, as well as a two-year gallery membership to Silver Eye Center for Photography.
All notable pictures and grand prize winners will be notified on Instagram via @silvereyecenterforphotography.
Ellen Fleurov, Silver Eye’s Executive Director, will judge the Photo Challenge with the assistance of Juliana Zipay, Silver Eye’s Membership & Marketing Assistant. The founding curator of photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, Fleurov has curated over 85 exhibitions for American and international museums, galleries and photography festivals. She is a frequent lecturer, grants panelist, exhibition juror, and reviewer for Houston Fotofest; Photo Lucida and Critical Mass, Portland, OR; Atlanta Celebrates Photography; Society for Photographic Education; and the Invision Photo Festival, among many others.
Copyright and Usage
The photographs must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity.
Owner of copyright retains all copyright on any photo submitted to the Photo Challenge. By submitting to the Photo Challenge, you grant Silver Eye Center for Photography the right to use your photograph(s) in current and future promotional materials and activities.
Midnight, Friday, November 2, 2012
Please contact Juliana Zipay at 412.431.1810, ext. 12 or email@example.com.
About No Job No Home No Peace No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy
Will Steacy’s new installation, on view until December 15, is both a chronicle and a critique of a nation where a once-attainable “American Dream” has been replaced by a desperate effort to survive. The exhibition’s centerpiece is Steacy’s 170-foot collage, which he dubs “The Beast.” A systematic, often eviscerating dissection of American policies and politics, the collage is made up of thousands of clippings from newspapers collected over many years, his own photographs and writings, and found objects. It is shown at Silver Eye for the first time in its entirety, along with thirty-two photographs from earlier and ongoing projects.
The exhibition’s title comes from a line in Bruce Springsteen’s song, The Ghost of Tom Joad, which in turn alludes to John Steinbeck’s classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Influenced by both of these artist-activists, Steacy fiercely identifies, with those who are disenfranchised, invisible, and suffering prolonged economic hardship. Springsteen’s song can be heard here, http://youtu.be/xQ5zPs_lX8Y.
Will Steacy (b. 1980) comes from five generations of newspaper men and was a union laborer before turning to photography. It is not surprising, given his upbringing and work history, that writing is as much a part of Steacy’s DNA as picture-making, and writing often accompanies the display of his photographs. Steacy received his B.F.A. from New York University in 2003. He was named one of Photo District News’ 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2011 and is also the recipient of awards such as The Tierney Fellowship and the Aperture Foundation-Illumination Fund Green Cart Photography Commission.
Steacy is represented by Michael Mazzeo Projects in New York and Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information on the exhibition and artist, please visit http://silvereye.org/exhibitions.htm.
About Silver Eye Center for Photography
Silver Eye Center for Photography is a nationally-recognized, non-collecting institution exclusively dedicated to contemporary photography. Founded in 1985, Silver Eye has been at the forefront of celebrating photography, both as an expressive art form and as a medium that brings to light the telling details and larger stories that influence and inform an understanding of ourselves and the world. With our singular commitment to exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography and photo-based multimedia, we are unique in Pittsburgh and the region.
Silver Eye is located at 1015 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's historic Southside. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by our members and individual donors and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Hillman Foundation, The Laurel Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Epson America.
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Photo Credits: Will Steacy, House, 2006; Liz, Philadelphia, 2007. Courtesy of the artist, Michael Mazzeo Projects, New York, and Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich.