“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Mattise

Black and white photography still holds a place in my heart; it holds an incomparable mystique and mood. Actually film star Ginger Rogers said something like that, but I am of the same opinion. Canadian photojournalist Ted Grant said, “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” I’m not sure that is an actual fact, but I like his point of view. I agree somewhat with Eliott Erwitt’s statement, “Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” I’m looking for entries – on all subject matter, real or illusive, unpredictable or expected, complicated or plain – simply in black + white.

-Elizabeth Avedon

ELIZABETH AVEDON is an independent curator and photo consultant. Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Elizabeth has received recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including Richard Avedon’s “In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago; and exhibitions for the Leica Gallery, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; and for the Estate of Diane Arbus, among others. In 2017, Elizabeth received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffin Museum of Photography; and curated the exhibition, MYTH OF A WOMAN: Photographs by Agnieszka Sosnowska, in 2019 for the National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik. Get a closer look on Elizabeth Avedon’s perspective on photography from LeicaUSA Legacy Interview:  http://bit.ly/HerLeicaLegacy_Avedon

Call Opens: December 1, 2019

Call Closes: January 6, 2020

Notifications by: January 20, 2020

Framed images due at South x Southeast Gallery: March 1, 2020

Exhibition hangs: March 15 – May 15, 2020

An Artist’s Weekend and Opening Reception date will be announced later.



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