Steve Strom, Painted Hills II
In the gallery…


17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition

Juror: W.M Hunt, Curator & Collector
August 3rd – September 18, 2012

Artists’ Reception & Awards: August 3rd, 8:00 – 9:45 PM
Lecture: W.M. Hunt, Friday, August 3rd, 7 PM at the Seattle Art Museum


EQUIVALENTS: 17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition was juried by W.M. Hunt, esteemed Curator and Collector.  This annual juried show remains amongst the most popular in Photo Center’s gallery program. This year 257 photographers from around the globe entered the competition with over 2000 images. W.M. Hunt selected 46 photographers displaying a variety of concepts and subject matter.

Artists Charles Purvis and Lauren Marsolier both explore shifts in the human notions of the real, the experience and impression of what’s unseen, implied and possible. However, Purvis does so by cutting and pasting fragments of altered photographs, while Marsolier digitally constructs environments that introduce us to a new stage of abstraction. Monika Merva’s emotional portraits navigate the melodies of commonplace and Robert Moran’s nostalgic typologies tell the stories of objects once relied upon.

Juror Bio: W.M. Hunt is a champion of photography – collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. He is the author of “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious” published in 2011 by Aperture in the US, Thames & Hudson in the UK and as “L’Oeil Invisible” by “Actes Sud” in France. Highlights from his collection have been seen at the George Eastman House and in Europe in Arles, Lausanne, and Amsterdam.

Hunt is very supportive of emerging talent and has judged many competitions including World Press, and he has participated in most of the major portfolio reviews including PhotoLucida and Fotofest. He is on the Board of Directors of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York where he was the recipient of their Vision Award in 2009. He also served on the Board of Directors of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) and was the past Chairman of Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS. He is an adjunct professor at the ICP and the School of Visual Arts.

Founding partner of the prominent photography gallery Hasted Hunt (now Hasted Kraeutler) in Chelsea, Manhattan, and former director of photography at Ricco/Maresca gallery, Hunt has been collecting photography for almost 40 years and has been profiled in The New York Times, PDN, Art on Paper, Modern Painters, The Art Newspaper, PBS’ “EGG, the Arts Show”, as well as BBC’s “The Genius of Photography” and elsewhere.

Exhibiting Artists: Ajay Varma, Andrew Fladebo, Barry Greff, Mary Ellen Bartley, Benjamin Dimmitt, Bill Armstrong, Charles Purvis, Christa Bowden, Chris Thompson, Danielle Khoury, David Regal, Deborah Bay, Donna J Wan, Eberhard Riedel, Edward Bateman, Harry Longstreet, Jamil Hellu, Jane Olin, Jeanette May, Jeff Gebauer, Johanna Warwick, Koichi Nishiyama, Kireilyn Barber, Lani Doely, Larry Larsen, Lauren Marsolier, Leighton McWilliams, Kerry Mansfield, Manuel Cosentino, Mark Morgan, Monika Merva, Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Patricia Ridenour, Patricia Sandler, Peter Miraglia, Regina DeLuise, Robert Harrison, Robert L Covington, Robert Moran, Sarah Marie Land, Sean McKeever, Stephen Strom, Susan Gans, Thomas Michael Alleman, William Rugen, William Mitchell


1st Place: Lauren Marsolier (Venice, CA)
2nd Place: Manuel Cosentino (Avellino, Italy)
3rd Place: Bill Armstrong (New York, NY)


Jeff Gebauer (San Diego, CA)
Donna J. Wan (Menlo Park, CA)
Jeanette May (Brooklyn, NY)
Robert Moran (Bar Harbor, ME)

AWARDS: First, second, and third prize winners will take home $1000, $500, and $250 as well as a $75 Blurb Inc. Scrip Certificate for each winner. Photo Center gratefully acknowledges Blurb Inc., Glazer’s Camera, and Panda Lab respectively for their award sponsorships.