The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment: Documentary and Street Photography

This juried group photography show at Black Box Gallery will focus on documentary and street photography. Documentary photography is often truthful, objective, descriptive and usually candid photographs of a particular subject or reality, either personal or social. Street photography is often candid situations within a public place, with a reference to social and cultural settings with an emphasis on timing and framing. Such notable photographers of these two genres are Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Henri Cartier Bresson, Eugene Atget and Robert Frank. Where does contemporary photography come into play redefining visual communication in the photographic lens of the then and now?

Juror: Christopher Rauschenberg

Christopher Rauschenberg is a prolific photographer. He has made images throughout the world, having photographed in nearly every corner of the planet. His work has been the subject of nearly 100 exhibitions throughout the world including: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Staes and Yugoslavia. In addition, Mr. Rauschenberg has been a pivotal figure in the advancement of the photographic arts. He is the co-founder, co-curator, and board chairman of Blue Sky Gallery, where for more than 34 years he has co-curated and co-produced 650 solo exhibitions and 45 group shows. Many of the exhibitions Chris has curated launched the careers of countless photographers and represent a Who's Who of photography of the past several decades. Chris is also the co-founder and past president of Photolucida, a photography festival formerly called Photo Americas. He is also co-founder and a member of the co-op Nine Gallery. He has edited and produced some 60 art and photography publications.

Visit Chris's website.

Deadline to submit: June 5th

Exhibition Dates:July 1-20, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday July 12, 5-8:30 pm

Each exhibition will have 24 photographs included by the juror for exhibiton at the gallery.

An additional 30 photographs will be selected for inclusion in our new On-Line Gallery Annex.

All photographs from the show will be included in a printed catalog availble through Blurb Books.

Rules/Guidelines: Black Box offers free framing, matting and printing for our exhibitions. The photographers who are selected into the exhibition by the juror will provide a high resolution Tiff or JPEG file for our gallery to print. If the photograper prefers, they can send in framed work or prints that we can frame for the exhibition.

We have 18” x 24” black frames. Our white mats are pre cut for 12” x 18”, 12” x 12” and 12” x 16” prints (we also have a few other odd sized matts). We print on an Epson Stylus Pro archival ink jet printer, on Epson Premium Luster Photo paper, in a color-calibrated environment. This is a very accurate custom print, just like a custom lab would print, we have over 20 years of custom printing experience.

All exhibition prints will be kept in a flat file after the show for future sale and promotion for the photographer, unless the photographer makes other arrangements. This will allow the gallery to further promote our photographers and exhibitions to collectors, curators, critics and to the general public. Black Box will return ship the exhibiton print to artist if preferred.

File agreement for accepted photographers who will be using our free printing services. Black Box will only print one exhibition print. If there is a sale inquiry, the photographer will be notified before a sale is confirmed, edition information will be discussed with photographer, the photographer will be sent a authentication document to be signed and go with the print to the collector. No sale or printing of file will happen without prior consent and agreement of photographer. All rights remain to the file and print with the photographer, to be used only with their prior consent. Exhibition print will not be sold, but used in our flatfile at Black Box Gallery only to promote the photographers work.

Black Box Gallery takes a 50% commission on all sales, 50% goes to the photographer. If artist prefers the print does not have to be for sale. Print will be for exhibition and promotion only.

Notification: All photographers will be notified 7-10 days after the deadline about juror selections.

Entry Fee: $35 per entry (an entry includes up to 5 photos). Use Pay Pal or send check to:

If sending a check, please indicate sending a check in the email submission.

Black Box Gallery, 811 East Burnside St. Suite 212, Portland Oregon 97214.

How to apply: Send in the entry fee and then send an email to:

Title the email: The Decisive Moment

In the body of the email please include the following info:

Your Name
Exhibition Name
Titles of Included Photos with corresponding file name
Attach up to 5 photos, as instructed below

File Set Up: Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, 2MB or less each (saved).

Name Files: firstname_lastname1.jpg, firstname_lastname2.jpg, firstname_lastname3.jpg, etc…

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional.

Copyright: All rights to the photographs remain with the photographer.