From the time she was a child, Susan Turner has enjoyed being with people different from her. It thus strikes her as perfectly natural that she spent most of the period from 1982 to 2009 living and photographing in Papua New Guinea, a large, distant country with more than 800 languages. Her personal endeavor during this time was to record, in the most honest and beautiful way she could, the daily and ritual life of this beautiful, diverse, and fascinating place.
Ms. Turner was inspired by participating in the lives the local people—tending gardens, fishing, caring for children, helping to settle disputes, and contributing to bridewealth payments and mortuary feasts. She lived in villages for long periods, returning to some year after year, and was adopted into several cultural groups. This close relationship to the people was always satisfying to her, as well as the only way to photograph as a member of the group, rather than as a casual observer.
Susan says of her experience, “Whatever depth and significance my pictures may have is largely due to the patience and generosity of friends and adopted relatives, who graciously accepted me into their lives.”
Albert Camus said that writers are obligated to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Susan believes this is true for all artists, and in particular for the photographers who work among people with few, if any, means of expressing themselves to the outside world.
For this year's Student Exhibit, Viewpoint offers a juried exhibit titled Street Stories. Street Photography is all about telling a story. “The decisive moment” was a phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the earliest practitioners of street photography. “The decisive moment” is when everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter. The essence of street photography is about documenting everyday life and society on the streets.
ENTRY PERIOD: May 12 – June 3 (5:00 pm), 2017
EXHIBIT DATES: July 5 – August 5, 2017
Each year Viewpoint Photographic Art Center celebrates the outstanding artistic talents and creativity of its members by hosting an annual member’s exhibit. All current Viewpoint members are invited to submit one of their photographs for display. New work that has not been displayed previously at Viewpoint or other galleries is preferred. Submissions are not limited to a particular theme or form of photography. The exhibit will showcase the members’ wide variety of photographic interests.
Visit the Call for Entries page and the Prospectus for full details.
ENTRY PERIOD: June 1 through July 29, 2017
EXHIBIT DATES: September 7 through October 7, 2017
Viewpoint announced this open exhibition a year in advance to encourage all interested photographers to explore the richness of the American River Parkway in all seasons and weathers.
Considered the blueprint for urban parks across the U.S., the 4,900-acre American River Parkway extends along the Lower American River for 23 miles, from Folsom Dam to Discovery Park at the confluence with the Sacramento River. Combining conservation with scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and a wide range of recreational opportunities, the Parkway hosts more than 5 million visitors annually. The Parkway also provides a wealth of photographic opportunities in all seasons of the year.
To celebrate this "jewel of the Sacramento region", Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is planning a major photographic exhibit in the autumn of 2017. Entitled Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs, the exhibit will feature a juried selection of photographs made within the American River Parkway. The exhibit is open to all photographers and all photographic techniques.
The Entry Period opens soon! Details on the Call For Entries page.
ENTRY PERIOD: Now through August 5, 2017
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is now accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions for January–December, 2018. Exhibits in the Main Gallery will generally run for a 4 week period, but may be longer. Exhibits in the Step Up Gallery, which is reserved for members of Viewpoint only (you must be a current member to submit a proposal), will also run for approximately four weeks. Exhibits run concurrently in both galleries, with new exhibits opening during the second week of each month.
Please visit the Call for Proposals page for additional information and then log in to EntryThingy for complete details and forms for uploading your images and other information. All proposals must be made using EntryThingy online submissions. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, August 5, 2017.
We look forward to seeing your submissions!