The art of photography

A curated international photography exhibition

October 9 – 30, 2020, PH21@Rome

A PH21 Gallery Exhibition in Rome, Italy



Although photography first emerged as a technological invention, it was also quickly conceived as an artistic practice as well. Pictorialist photographs in the nineteenth century were created to look like paintings, while advocates of straight photography in the first part of the twentieth century strived for the purely photographic means of creating photographic meanings. Street photographers devote the medium to capturing the fleeting moment, while in the last decades of the 20th century many photographers turned to staging and directing in order to utilize photography for artistic visual communication. Art photography also includes numerous genres and creative practices from portraiture, landscape and still life to abstract and conceptual photography. In this call we ask contemporary photographers to show how they understand art photography in the 21st century.

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed The art of photography. We are looking for submissions from all photographers who are interested in photography as an art form and would like to share their work with a wider international audience through the exposure of PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly construed; we welcome submissions from all artistic photographic genres and styles, including abstract compositions. We are interested in all possible creative photographic interpretations of what photography as an art form might be.

This PH21 Gallery exhibition is presented in Rome, Italy, in collaboration with KromArt Gallery and Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams, a renowned Italian centre for photography.

(Giorgia Zuma – Rome Italy)

Juror’s choice

Preston Buchtel: Dreams During Wartime VIII

Honourable mentions

Angela Lucari: Black Circle and other

Satoko Nishioka: Botanical No. 2

Nancy Oliveri: Fish and Red Onion

Exhibiting photographers

Raffaele Alecci (Rome, Italy), Val Asuga (Minsk, Republic of Belarus), Bruce Berkow (New York, NY, USA), Michael J Berkowitz (Shokan, NY, USA), Preston Buchtel (Cleveland, OH, USA), Catherine Caddigan    (Randolph, MA, USA), Leonardo Cortese (Rome, Italy), Vincent Dupont-Blackshaw (Paris, France), Suzette Dushi (New York, NY, USA), Laurie Toby Edison (San Francisco, CA, USA), Catherine Fairchild (Houston, TX, USA), Christopher Fluder (New York, NY, USA), László Gálos (Salgótarján, Hungary), Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith (Grand Forks, ND, USA), Pelin Guven (Beijing, China), Pato Hebert (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Leena Holmström (Oulu, Finland), Éva Horvát (Budapest, Hungary), Viktor Jáger (Hosszúhetény, Hungary), Gary Justis (Bloomington, IL, USA), Lodiza LePore (Bennington, VT, USA), Angela Lucari (Rome, Italy), Laura Malaterra (Genova, Italy), Jim McKinniss (Orcutt, CA, USA), Raheleh Mohammad (Cleveland, OH, USA), Satoko Nishioka (Tokyo, Japan), Marisa Nunes (Lisbon, Portugal), Nancy Oliveri (New York, NY, USA), Megumi Otsuka (Tokyo, Japan), Anil S. Purohit (Mumbai, India), Jane Ross (London, UK), Sára Sebestyén (Budapest, Hungary), Zsolt Székelyhidi (Budapest, Hungary), Kevin Umbel (Fayetteville, WV, USA), Ioana Vrabie (Barcelona, Spain), Eiji Yamamoto (Saarbruecken, Germany), Giorgia Zaccaria (Rome, Italy)

free pass