TWELVE: Small Wonders, Viewpoint’s sixth annual December juried show, features small works by photographers from throughout Northern California and across the country. From over 500 entries, juror Daniel Kasser, a noted photographer and Professor of Art at University of the Pacific, selected nearly 100 images by over 60 photographers. While all prints are no larger than 36 square inches, they represent an extraordinary range of photographic approaches. Subjects include still lifes, abstracts, cityscapes, portraits, composites, and landscapes. Print types range from nineteenth-century processes such as tintypes, ambrotypes, and salt prints; through twentieth-century techniques such as gelatin silver prints, platinum prints, and image transfers; to twenty-first-century cell phone captures and pigment inkjet prints.
The six photographs singled out for awards epitomize the diversity of the exhibit. Juror Danial Kasser chose Jim McMahen’s semi-abstract close-up, Curtain Pull, for the First Place award. Donald Satterlee’s Grain Tower, a black-and-white celebration of rural architecture, won the Second Place award, and the Third Place award went to Kansas photographer Thomas A. Gibson for The Chimney Sweep, a digital print from an original ambrotype. Honorable Mention awards went to Mark Howell’s color study, Theatre Wall, Roseville; Rick Murai’s surreal composite, Dangerous Journey; and Dianne Poinski’s gently-colored still life, Poppy.