Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street New York - NY 10013
Soho Photo: A Photographer's Place Since 1971
Soho Photo Gallery has come a long way and about eight city blocks since its establishment in 1971 by a dedicated group of New York Times photographers. They believed there was a real need in the photographic community for a cooperative where serious photographers could exhibit their work and exchange ideas, learn, and grow as artists.
The Early Years
The group rented a loft space at Prince Street and West Broadway, located in the heart of Soho, New York's soon-to-be trendy artists' district. A newspaper advertisement that announced the opening of the Soho Photo Gallery (the founding fathers liked the sound of the name) drew a core group of some 40 photographers of varied interests and talents; Soho Photo was in business and now there was an alternative to the more commercial galleries uptown. The gallery wasn't fancy, but it had four walls and lots of warmth. And month-long shows by members and guest exhibitors would insure there was always something new at Soho Photo.
After one year, with membership growing and pressed for more space, the Gallery moved to West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, next door to the Quad Theater. André Kertesz, who was among the Gallery's regular visitors, said, "What Soho is doing is more important than Stieglitz's work to promote photography in his day and in his gallery."
Gallery Expands, Moves to TriBeCa.
In 1979, Soho Photo relocated to TriBeCa and its current location- 15 White Street- a former egg warehouse that would soon provide greatly expanded exhibition space.
After months of clean-up and construction work by Gallery members, Soho Photo now had a mezzanine space for guest exhibitors as well as a downstairs gallery with enough room to accommodate four one-person exhibits simultaneously, plus three smaller 'spotlight' shows, and individual work. With a current and still growing membership of more than 100 photographers, the Gallery's added space has proved to be a necessity.
A Photographer's Place
Over the years, thousands of serious amateur and professional photographers have exhibited their work at Soho Photo Gallery. Guest shows have featured the images of Minor White, John Albok, Eva Rubinstein, Max Waldman, Wynn Bullock, Eugene Richards, Dan Burkholder, Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer, among others. The work of members and guests is, of course, as varied as the photographers themselves. Everything from pictorial and documentary to abstract and conceptual. Large digital color prints may be seen hanging next to delicate 19th century type platinum or palladium prints; hand-colored works coexist with manipulated Polaroid images. Seminars and workshops on photographic techniques and issues such as palladium printing, pinhole photography and digital technology are also scheduled on a regular basis.
Soho Photo presents four solo exhibitions by members each month on the main floor, except during August when the Gallery is closed. Each exhibit bay can display an average of 15 pieces. There is additional space in the front of the Gallery for small shows and individual works. The mezzanine is normally used for monthly guest exhibitors.
Now Three National Competitions
Soho Photo, which is now a charitable not-for-profit foundation, sponsors national events such as the National Competition, open to all photographic techniques, and the famed annual juried National Krappy Kamera Competition, which is devoted to photographs taken with plastic, toy or homemade and pinhole cameras. The Gallery's first annual National Alternative Photographic Processes Competition took place in October 2004. This new juried competition does not allow traditional silver, C-prints and digital prints to be shown. Instead, prints must be produced by alternative processes, which include Cyanotype, Van Dyke, platinum, palladium, Polaroid© transfer and others. The competition drew some 600 entries from across the nation and critical praise in Popular Photography's January 2005 issue.
Becoming a Member
Membership in the Gallery is a selective process. On the first Saturday of each month, the Portfolio Review Committee reviews portfolios of potential members. If the photographer's work meets Gallery standards, he or she is welcomed as a new member, and that brings certain rights and responsibilities.
The Soho Photo Gallery has survived since 1971 because it has fulfilled the goals of its founders-to be a photographer's place. And the Gallery continues to serve the needs of its members, acting as a community and a forum where old and new ideas meet. Photographers choose to become Gallery members because, like most artists, they have realized they cannot and should not exist in a vacuum. They want to learn. And they want others to see their work.
Soho Photo is the place.
Contest: « Alternative processes »2015 NATIONAL ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES COMPETITION
SohoPhotoGallery is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Alternative Processes Competition. The gallery, located in lower Manhattan, is New York City’s longest running co-operative photography gallery. All selected photographs will be exhibited at the gallery from November 4th to November 28th 2015.
￼WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE PROCESS?
Alternative processes include (but are not limited to): Albumen, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate, Bromoil, Salt Print, Tintype, Ziatype, Daguerreotype, Image Transfers, Liquid Emulsion and Photogravure. Traditional Silver Gelatin Prints, C-Prints and Digital Prints are not eligible, however handmade prints created from digital negatives are welcome.
Joni Sternbach is a visiting artist at Cooper Union a
"3 /11 Aftermath" de Magdalena Solé 3/11 REMEMBERED: March 11, 2015, 6–9 PM
A special event to commemorate the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami with Artist Talk, traditional Japanese Shakuhachi Music by Ralph Samuelson, and Tanka Poetry written by survivors, and read by Karen Kandel. Poetry courtesy of Isao Tsujimoto.
AFTERMATH— a photography exhibit
"Tragic yet beautiful works by New York photographer Magdalena Solé sensitively portray the affected Tohoku region and its inhabitants in the aftermath of the disaster. She finds beauty in devastated places, and uses color to encapsulate a range of feelings."
Papabear Elizabeth Nahum-Albright
“My dad was Ray Bradbury’s bibliographer. I grew up in a world of Martians and marionettes, surrounded by my dad’s collections: bizarre masks, books, strange cabinets, and trinkets. Part of my dad will always remain in this past; another part is current. The prints in this series are created using Platinum/Palladium to accentuate the obscured timeline I have created. This traditional process allows me to share the world my father shares with me everyday.”
Faces of Peru Neil Lawner
“Colorful dress is typical of the native rural Peruvians, exemplifying the warmth and soul of the Peruvian people. These images were created in Cusco, Machu Picchu and on the islands in Lake Titicaca, close to the Bolivian border, in the summer of 2013. The genuine warmth of their eyes and smiles is a window into a soul that is ‘muy simpatico.’ ”
Natural Abstractions Lee Backer
“These images, taken in Death Valley and the White Mountains of California, explore the varied rhythms created by light and shadow. I found these rhythms in both landscapes and close-ups: the textures and undulating forms of sand dunes, the stripes woven into the clay hills, mosaic patterns in rock walls, and ripples of grain in ancient Bristlecone Pines. The photographs are printed in black and white to emphasize the shapes, patterns, and textures.”
Call for Entries for Krappy Kamera XII INTERnational Juried CompetitionThe beginning
The Krappy Kamera concept was born in 1992 at the Soho Photo Gallery® during a regular monthly opening reception when a few members admitted they preferred using their junky cameras to their high-end ones. One of the members, Sandra Carrion, proposed organizing an exhibit opportunity for other gallery members and the rest is history: we’ve held the members’ Krappy Kamera exhibition every year since then.
Sandra Carrion says, I always used Krappy Kamera to distinguish between my good and not-so-good cameras. I added the Ks to make it funnier. We received so much publicity that it sort of took off on its own. Photographers from all over the U.S. started calling me to learn how they could be involved. So in 1997, Mary Ann Lynch, another gallery member, and I organized the first National Krapp
Hugues Roussel - Inverse LandscapeFor his first solo show in New York, French photographer Hugues Roussel presents Inverse Landscape, a project that he began in Rome, Italy in 2006. Roussel’s approach includes leaving traditional photographic techniques aside and embracing casualness, double exposure, strong lights and contrasts; he creates a new dimension where everything has to be re-discovered. The eternal city is represented through its century-old trees, which are like fragments of urban reality. His fiber-based prints range in size from 20” x 24” to 40” x 65”.