Teri Fullerton Cotter, 2008
In the gallery…

Members’
Exhibition

Work from Photo Center NW Members
December 4, 2009 – January 15, 2010

Juror: Eric Fredericksen, Director, Western Bridge, Seattle

In the main gallery, Eric Fredericksen, Director of Western Bridge and former editor/writer for The Stranger, selected compelling work from PCNW’s members representing various genres & photographic media. 107 entries were submitted to this year’s competition.

Featured Photographers:

 Three Teenage Girls, 2009 Gelatin Silver Print © Gary Grenell

Three Teenage Girls, 2009 Gelatin Silver Print © Gary Grenell

C-17A Globemaster III Tail Section, 2007 Gelatin Silver Print © Aaron Pultz

C-17A Globemaster III Tail Section, 2007 Gelatin Silver Print © Aaron Pultz

Gated, 2009 C-Print © Andrea Bakacs

Gated, 2009 C-Print © Andrea Bakacs

Hummer, 2008 Digital C-Print © Desiree Edkins

Hummer, 2008 Digital C-Print © Desiree Edkins

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Untitled, 2008 Pigment Print © Jarvi Kononen

Untitled, 2008 Pigment Print © Jarvi Kononen

Green, 2009 Archival Inkjet Print © Jeff Leisawitz

Green, 2009 Archival Inkjet Print © Jeff Leisawitz

Sequoia, 15, Lake City, Seattle, 2009 C-Print © Kristin Imig

Sequoia, 15, Lake City, Seattle, 2009 C-Print © Kristin Imig

Smoke Break, 2009 Archival Pigment Print © Larry Larsen

Smoke Break, 2009 Archival Pigment Print © Larry Larsen

No Smoking, Pets, 2009 Archival Giclee © Laura Newlon

No Smoking, Pets, 2009 Archival Giclee © Laura Newlon

 BB, 2009 C-Print © Margot Quan Knight

BB, 2009 C-Print © Margot Quan Knight

Parking Space Garbage, 2008 Digital Pigment Print © Minh Carrico

Parking Space Garbage, 2008 Digital Pigment Print © Minh Carrico

Information Desk, Tokyo National Museum, 2008 Digital Print © Scott Kuehner

Information Desk, Tokyo National Museum, 2008 Digital Print © Scott Kuehner

  Cotter, husband, Army Cotter, husband, Army, 2009 Digital Print © Teri Fullerton PCNW Members' Exhibition December 4 - January 15, 2009

Cotter, husband, Army Cotter, husband, Army, 2009 Digital Print © Teri Fullerton PCNW Members' Exhibition December 4 - January 15, 2009

Microwave, 2009 C-Print © Todd Jannausch

Microwave, 2009 C-Print © Todd Jannausch

 Of Augur and Auspice No. 6, 2009 C-Print © Wendy Given

Of Augur and Auspice No. 6, 2009 C-Print © Wendy Given

Akela Flats, AZ, 2008 Archival Digital Print © William Rugen

Akela Flats, AZ, 2008 Archival Digital Print © William Rugen

header - Past Exhibitions J.Krewson, Puddle Frozen

header - Past Exhibitions J.Krewson, Puddle Frozen

Juror’s Statement
Selecting pictures for this show posed a personal challenge. I work with many artists who use photography in their practice, but few who call themselves photographers. This has prepared me to consider critical issues concerning photographic practices, but less so to consider photography as a self-contained medium. The difference is that between critical engagement with the medium of photography and uses in which practitioners operate unselfconsciously, interested in producing interesting images of the world around us. To the extent that work along critical lines was submitted, it often suffered from too-close formal links to well-known work, rather than extending the earlier projects’ lines of inquiry.

I thus tried to judge the work submitted on its own terms, finding good, well-made pictures. I looked for interesting subjects, provocative or elegant compositions, and formal interest. I was unable to judge based on technical skill. Certain categories of work recurred with uncomfortable frequency: industrial ruin, abstracted nature, work using windows or mirrors to fragment perspective or achieve collage-like effects. I selected work within these categories that I found most surprising or skillful in its use of familiar approaches and motifs. But this created an overwhelming sense that photography has created its own world, one in which certain kinds of views are endlessly valued and sought out, creating a highly selective composite picture of the world. Novelty, too, is overvalued, but I am convinced that it is possible to find new subjects, new ways of presenting subjects, and new approaches to the practice of photography, and I encourage artists to push toward these goals.

Thank you to Ann Pallesen and Photographic Center Northwest for the invitation to serve as juror.

–Eric Fredericksen

Awards:
1st Place Jarvi Kononen, WA
2nd Place Aaron Thomas Pultz, WA
3rd Place Andrea Bakacs, NY

Honorable Mention:
William Rugen, WA
Larry Larsen, WA
Kristen Imig, WA