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Winners of MONO-KROMATIK at Praxis Gallery

Posted on June 19, 2021 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Winners of MONO-KROMATIK at Praxis Gallery
Winners of MONO-KROMATIK at Praxis Gallery

Exhibition Dates: June 19th - July 3rd, 2021 at Praxis Gallery

I was thrilled when asked to jury the MONO-KROMATIK exhibition for the PRAXIS Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis, because that is where my heart still lies, it reminds me why I fell in love with photography in the first place. When I was in the midst of jurying the show, I could feel the rhythm of the pictures and how they worked together. I could also perceive how each individual image had its own voice.

There's something especially appealing about great monochromatic photography. It has a timeless quality to it. A black and white image can be striking, engaging, breathtaking, and definitely moody.

Half a century after the advent of color film, black and white & monochromatic photography continues to capture our collective imagination. Utilizing tone, contrast, texture and shape, monochromatic photography strips its subject to only the most essential visual elements; revealing a sense of soul, substance and meaning – separate from the shifting sentiments, symbolism and cultural associations of color imagery.

Praxis Gallery presents photographic works that demonstrate the fundamental qualities that make black and white & monochromatic photography an enduring, contemporary art form.

Despite a broad diversity of technique and approach, each artist validates that there is no one way for photography to expose the world.

When entering images for a juried competition there is one very important thing to keep in mind: The jurying process is a process of selection, not one of rejection. As the juror I looked for images that spoke to me, that echoed my biases, challenged my preconceptions, and/or made me say, "Wow, I wish that was my image".

I looked for distinctive voices and visions. I looked for images asking questions as well as those making declarative statements. I looked for images using the full tonal range as well as those using only a small, distinct slice of the monochromatic scale.

The chosen work successfully incorporates the literal and symbolic dichotomy of photography. I hope you will enjoy this selection as much as I enjoyed selecting them and that you will all go to see the exhibition in person!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Juror's Choice Award: Mustapha El Basri

Mustapha El Basri

Untitled © Mustapha El Basri


Directors Choice Award: Jefferson Lankford

Jefferson Lankford

Firefighters © Jefferson Lankford


Discover 'To Be, Rather Than to Seem' by Jefferson Caine Lankford


Honorable Mentions
Lisa Cassell-Arms

Lisa Cassell-Arms

South Facing West © Lisa Cassell-Arms


Phanuphan Kitsawaeng

Phanuphan Kitsawaeng

Hang © Phanuphan Kitsawaeng


Ilya Trofimenko

Ilya Trofimenko

Winter view of the Dresden Old Town © Ilya Trofimenko


Tony Kaes

Tony Kaes

San Francisco © Tony Kaes


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