On Friday, November 4th, at 7:30 p.m., we will repeat our popular forum called Print Competition Deconstructed
. Unlike our printmakers’ discussions
, which focus on the maker’s intent, we will look at prints from the standpoint of the viewer
. We will all be judges and critics. The objective is to hone our skills as viewers of photographic images without the constraints of a formal competition
. In doing so, we will try to go beyond traditional CACCA criteria and consider all the things that might make a photograph artistic, expressive or meaningful.
Please bring 2 or 3 prints that you believe to be especially good
, even if they are a bit out of the mainstream and might not do well in a formal competition
. Because images can be affected by their presentation, I would encourage you to mount the prints
, but unmounted prints will be acceptable if they have a firm backing
The images should not indicate the name of the maker on the front or back. Ideally, this will lead to a more open and candid evaluation by the group.
This forum is an exercise in looking at photographs and responding to them. We will ask each participant to offer his or her opinion on each print. The participant must express the particular reasons why he or she considers the print to constitute, or fail to constitute, an “exceptional fine art print“. In addition to composition and technical competence (such as print quality, lighting, focus, clarity, sharpness, color accuracy, etc.), we will look for more subjective criteria that might include, for example, whether the print makes effective use of color or monochrome tonality, mood, emotional content, dramatic impact, whether the subject matter is different or provocative, whether the perspective or angle of view is unique — anything, in short, that we think helps to make the photograph, or prevents it from being, an exception fine art print.
Please join us, even if you will not be submitting prints. You are still welcome to participate in the evaluative process
I hope to see you on Friday.
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