This year we have the huge honor to include Ralph Gibson as our event Ambassador. He kindly wrote what follows:
To all my colleagues,
As a photographer I feel only as good as my next photograph. This seems to be a condition shared by many photographers and thus we are all in the same boat. (Perhaps I have been in it a bit longer than most...) It is for this reason primarily that the idea of judging another photographers work is not really how I like to think. Rather than being the expert it is much more appealing to be the passionate amateur.
What I do most admire in the work of other photographers is originality. The power of a photograph is that it can show us things we have never seen before. In fact, sometimes what we are seeing is not necessarily in the photograph...
- Ralph Gibson - Oct. 27, New York City