We are longtime fans of vernacular photography: the often strange and sometimes hilarious snapshot gems once intended to commemorate personal mementos, that are now often repurposed or collected for their unintentional artistry.
Humble's first online exhibition of 2018 will take this fascination a step further, with an appropriation-loving nod to DADA and the Pictures Generation of the 1970s and 1980s. Group Show #56: Source Material will look to artists who reimagine vernacular photography -- not just as something to collect or recontextualize, but as source material for new creations.
Cut, folded, torn, sewn, digitally altered or something else: whether it's one of your own family photos or something you've found with author unknown, we want to see your hand in the transformation process.
Feb 10, 2018
1. Please submit your 50-ish word bio, statement and other information via THIS FORM.
2. Email five (5) JPGs at 1,800 pixels on the longest side to submit AT hafny DOT org with
"Source Material Submission" in the subject line, and each image titled with your name and the title of the image (i.e. Andy_Warhol_Banana_01)
IMPORTANT: Please do NOT submit zipped folders of images.
ALSO IMPORTANT: Please do NOT watermark your images. We promise you, if we use them, we will give you proper attribution, but we cannot take submissions seriously that include watermarks.
Editors Note: Photographer Pete Mauney has generously offered to make his collection of found negatives available for those who want to make brand new work for this call. Drop him a note (you can find his contact info if you dig around the page we just linked) if you're interested.
Want quicker visibility on your submissions? AFTER submitting via email, Hashtag #HAFMATERIAL and @humbleartsfoundation on Instagram.
All submissions must follow the above guidelines.
Humble's co-founder and curatorial director Jon Feinstein will select photographers to feature in HAFNY's online Group Show #56: Source Material, which will go live on Humble's website in March 2017, and potentially be shared on Humble's Instagram. We will announce selected photographers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feed and through our mailing list.
About the Curator:
Jon Feinstein is Humble's co-founder and curatorial director. He has curated exhibitions Glassbox Gallery in Seattle, Photographic Center Northwest, Hasted Kraeutler, and Phillips de Pury. His writing has appeared in Daylight, Slate, and Time, and his numerous projects have been featured in Vice, Aperture, The New York Times, HyperAllergic, British Journal of Photography, PDN and The New Yorker, among others. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @jonfeinstein.