Yosemite: Grand Gesture of the Range of Light


From June of 1859, when Charles Leander Weed exposed the first photograph ever made in Yosemite Valley; through Carleton Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, and other early practitioners; to Ansel Adams’ “century” with all its followers — John Sexton, Alan Ross, et al — to the humor and magic of Ted Orland and Jerry Uelsmann; followed by, but certainly not ending with, the color photographs by Charles Cramer, William Neill, and the rest of you; Yosemite has probably been the subject of more fine pictures than just about any place on earth (with apologies for the exaggeration). Together, these images have recreated moods, realities, and magical experiences for more than 150 years.

To celebrate this photographic legacy, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center will host a major photographic exhibit in April 2019. Entitled Yosemite: Grand Gesture of the Range of Light, the exhibit will feature a juried selection of photographs made within the boundaries or spiritual reaches of Yosemite National Park. 

The exhibit is open to all photographers and all photographic techniques. If you have made photographs in or around Yosemite, Viewpoint encourages you to submit your favorite images. 

Entry Fee 
             1 entry:  $25         2-3 entries:  $40       4-6 entries:  $55 

Best of Show: $300    Second Place: $200      Third Place: $100 

About the Juror 

BIO: Kerik Kouklis is a fine art photographer and educator who specializes in creating handmade photographs. Born and raised in California with a background in music and 30 years as an environmental geologist under his belt, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own.  Influenced by the pictorialists of the early 20th century, he makes images that can be at once calm and unsettling. Working in a variety of formats from small digital cameras up to large view cameras, Kerik uses both film and digital negatives to create his prints. He is known as a skilled practitioner and teacher of the platinum/palladium process and the combined gum-platinum process.  He has used these processes to create his work since 1990 and has been teaching workshops in these processes since 1997, both in his home studio and at various locations around the US, Canada and the UK.  In 2004 Kerik began working with the wet plate collodion process which brought a new series of portraits and still-life images into his portfolio.  These images are one-of-a-kind, made in-camera on aluminum or glass.  Enlarged digital negatives are made from the original plates allowing the creation of handmade platinum/palladium and gum-platinum prints.  Kerik’s work is currently represented in California by Oficino Uno in Carmel, CA,  the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite where he has been teaching hand-made photographic techniques since 2000 and Kevin Longino Fine Photographs in CT. His prints are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe as well as the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, Pennsylvania. Kerik will have an exhibit at Viewpoint in March 2019 in the Main Gallery. 


Calendar for Yosemite: Grand Gesture of the Range of Light
December 26 —Entry period begins
February 24 — Entry period ends at midnight PDT

March 10  — Photographers notified of accepted entries 
March 30 — Accepted prints due at Viewpoint 
April 9 — Exhibit opens 
April 12 — Members and Artists Reception, 6 - 8:30 p.m. 
April 13 — Second Saturday Reception, 5 - 9 p.m. 
May 4 — Last day of the exhibit 
August 3 — Deadline to pick up unsold prints 

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Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

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