PhotoPlace Gallery’s mission is to support contemporary fine art photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. PhotoPlace Gallery sponsors exhibition opportunities through international juried exhibits in Middlebury, Vermont, through our published exhibition catalogs, and on this website. To help defray artists’ expenses, we provide free matting and framing of accepted photographs for the duration of our exhibitions, providing they are sized to fit our pre-cut mats.
PhotoPlace Gallery is located at 3 Park Street in Middlebury, Vermont, just a few doors down from the Sheldon Museum in the center of town.
In 1975, the landmark exhibition, “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape,” debuted at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Included were such important photographs as Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke, and Stephen Shore, with work that challenged the primacy of wilderness landscape popularized by Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club. Typical of the photographs were images of human presence in the ladnscape, ranging from houses in subdivisions in Denver by Robert Adams to a water tower under construction by Gohlke. For the PhotoPlace exhibition THE HUMAN-ALTERED LANDSCAPE, we hope to update the spirit of “New Topographics” with photographs that envision the interactions between humans and the natural world. Buildings, bridges, barns, dams, towers, fences, roads — any merging of human presence with the natural world is valid.
We are honored that Russell Lord, the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will be the juror for this exhibition. Having recently been instrumental in the opening of Edward Burtynsky’s “Water” exhibition in New Orleans, Russell Lord is keenly aware of the issues raised by the human-altered landscape. He will choose 40 photographs for display at PhotoPlace Gallery from August 5 through August 30th. Russell Lord will also select up to 35 additional photographs for the gallery’s Online Annex. All selected work will be included in an 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: $30 for five photos, $7 each additional photo.
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written widely on 19th, 20th-century and contemporary photography. Most recently, he contributed an essay to Edward Burtynsky: Water, a book about Burtynsky’s newest body of work. His recent exhibitions include “What is a Photograph?”, “Photography, Sequence, and Time,” and “Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainbleau.”