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Car Culture

Exhibition dates: November 5 - November 27, 2013

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Cars play a central role in our global culture.  It's hard to image life without them.  We hold antique car rallies, NASCAR races, and participate in Sunday drives and drive-in movies.  But, we also realize the impact they have on our existence and our environment.  For this exhibition we sought photographs of cars of any type.  Abstractions of fenders, social documents of teens behind the wheel, demolition derbies, highway breakdowns, car shows and car graveyards -- the sky (and the open road) was the limit!  Juror David H. Wells chose  40 photographs for display at PhotoPlace Gallery from November 5th through November 27th. David also selected 35 additional photographs for the gallery's Online Annex. All selected work will be included in a full-color exhibition catalog available for purchase. To help artists defray costs, PhotoPlace Gallery offers to mat and frame work selected for exhibition free of charge, providing artists print their images to our pre-cut mat and frame sizes. Submission fee: $25 for five photos, $6 each additional photo.

Juror's Statement:

I thought I knew car culture, since I grew up in Southern California, spent time with family in Detroit and have undertaken my fair share of road trips.  Yet, the breadth and depth of the work in the nearly 1,000 submissions that I reviewed reminded me of the incredible variety of what we collectively think of as car culture.  The best work went beyond just showing me a person, place, or thing within car culture.  The outstanding work used the best photographic tools and techniques to make me look at car culture with a new eye.

We know that car culture is global. Before this, I hadn’t fully appreciated just how global the culture of photographing the car has become.  The work I saw and the show you are viewing remind us that internationally, the car can be a symbol of an freedom, a tool for mobility, a rusting leftover, a mark of wealth, a blight on the urban landscape, or the handiwork of a master craftsperson. 

Just as car culture has clearly gone global, so the tools and techniques of photographing that same culture have spread across the planet.  The best photographs that I viewed (and selected) had elements of the local culture, great use of the photographic tools and interesting subject matter. Collectively, these elements resulted in images that conveyed a mood as much as they simply “showed me” car culture.

As a photo-educator, I look at moments like this jurying as “teaching moments.” If your work did not make it into the final exhibition(s) and you look at the winners and say “my work is as good as that,” you may be right.  Making the final selection was very, very hard, because images that were of similar strength and drama were often different in very subtle ways.  For example, an odd element in one corner of an image or less than perfect lighting another could be the difference between the selected images and the images left behind.  The best way to learn from this is to look at your own images and the winning images that are similar and figure out the subtle but important differences.  That will help you grow as a photographer, which is what photographers across the globe should all want to do. 

The best photographs selected were like any great photographs. They have a universal appeal yet they take us inside the imagination and eye of the photographer. They enable us to partake of some part of car culture through an image that is both intellectually interesting and emotionally evocative.

David H. Wells



Car Culture
Photos chosen for exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery
All photographs are copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission
All photographs are copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission

Greg Allikas
West Palm Beach, FL

Mustang Sally

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Bruce B. Barshop
San Antonio, TX

Lowrider Show - The Virgin Mary
Makes an Appearance

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Karna Basu
New York, NY

Calcutta Taxi

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Michael Butler
Pacific Palisades, CA

From the series Rodeo Drive

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Jonathan Castillo
Long Beach, CA

Black Mercedes, Jewelry District,
Los Angeles, 2012

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Ronnie Conlin
Katy, TX

Dreams

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Lauren Anne Davis
Providence, RI

Out with the Old

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Petra Davis
San Francisco, CA

Downtown

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Megan Douglas
Cabot, AR

Untitled

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Susan J. Gorbett
Tucson, AZ

Explorer

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Abigail Gumbiner
Atascader, CA

Chrome

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Lau Haaning
Tahoe Vista, CA

Born to Bust

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Phillip Hall
Oakland, CA

Lead Sled

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Lawrence Hamel-Lambert
Albany, OH

 Homage to Elliott Erwitt

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Dave Higgins
Albany, NY

1969 Dodge Charger

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Zachery Holme
Seekonk, MA

Camaro II

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Evy Huppert
White River Junction, VT

View from the car - I-90

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Kam Jacoby
Los Alamos, CA

L.A. Freeway 036

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Tom M. Johnson
Lakewood, CA

DeSoto

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Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA

Abbey Road

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James Keuffner
Omaha, NE

Father-Son Bonding

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Joan M. Ladendorf
Hanover Park, IL

Impala

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Robert Llewellyn
Earlysville, VA

Road to D.C.

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Mark Lyon
Marlboro, NY

Purple Parlor, Poughkeepsie, NY 2013

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Geoffrey Nichols
Greenwich, CT

livery hive

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Karin Ott
Kastrup, Denmark

Go on, you know you want to

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Christine Pearl
Washington, DC

View from the Pit

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Rosalie Post
Cambridge, MA

Hunt St. Parking Lot, #4-5

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Dorothy Beck Ringler
West Chester, PA

"52"

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Sara Roche
Weston, CT

Winter Commute

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Ryan Schude
Los Angeles, CA

Emily Shur, Isac Walter and the Baroness,
with their 1964 Volkswagen Notchback 1500s.
Echo Park, Los Angeles. December, 2012.


 

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Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX

Start Your Engines

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Stanley Silverman
Rydal, PA

The Girl in the Green Car

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Stephen Smith
Kihei, HI

Carribean 

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Len Speier
New York, NY

VW Bug, NYC

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Raina Stinson
Beaverton, OR

Feeling Groovy

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Mark Taylor
Wilmington, NC

Air Force

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Andrew M.K. Warren
Roslindale, MA

West Roxbury, MA (thunderbird)

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Keith Wilson
San Francisco, CA

Qualities, from the Models Series

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Charles Wright
San Francisco, CA

Racing and then Crashing

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Car Culture
The Online Gallery Annex
All photographs are copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission
All photographs are copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission

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Mark Collins
Dallas, TX

Redland Dreams

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Robert Crink
Edgecomb, ME

Ferrari 275 GTB

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Jack Feder

Kids Playing - Abandoned Car

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Art Fox
Chicago, IL

Chevrolet and Bondo

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Kathleen Gerber
Grover Beach, CA

Reflecting

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Rudy Goldstein
Santa Rosa, CA

Running on Empty

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Brandon Gorman
Hoboken, NJ

Collective Self Shanghai I

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Megan Green
Astoria, NY

Pin-Up Girl at Classic Car Show, Las Vegas

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Martin Gremm
Houston, TX

Untitled, from 24 Hours of Lemons

 

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Jason Griska
Litchfield, CT

Summer Night, 1965 Corvette

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Daniel Handal
New York, NY

Burnout (Pistons), Auto Club Raceway
Fontana 2011

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Hilary Francis Hoffman
Eugene, OR

Untitled (Red Light D08_12_0535)

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Jann Huizenga
Santa Fe, NM

Tucked Away

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Clara James
Holyoke, MA

Teal Peel

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Robbie Kaye
Santa Ynez, CA

Smoking in LA

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Jim Kohatsu
Long Beach, CA

Aged Interior

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John Lawrence
Cypress, CA

Moonrise, Chevrolet 1350a2

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Pete McCutchen
Alexandria, VA

Emergency Exit

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John Moyers
Bristol, VT

Ribbons - Los Angeles Landscape

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Alan Pittman
Easton, CT

Car

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Shane Powers
Middletown, CA

Portrait of a Cadillac

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Elena Ricci
New Orleans, LA

Untitled

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Amy Rindskopf
Winchester, MA

Road to Napa

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Madeline Ring
New York, NY

Mumbai Taxi

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Linda Sandow
New York, NY

Waiting

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Wilford Scott
Annapolis, MD

Tales of the Road

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Shelley Seccombe
New York, NY

Merging Traffic

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Melissa Simser
Saratoga Springs, NY

Wills

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Vicky Stromee
Tucson, AZ

What I Want You to Know

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Emma Swales
Sharpsville, IN

Late for School

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Jonathan Taylor
Poultney, VT

Family Car Portrait

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Lynn Thomas
Temple, TX

Metro

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Tom Vani
Kirkland, WA

Place to Park

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Leslie J. Yerman
New York, NY

Car Reflection

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