Mainland, January 2 - February 1, 2014
Opening Reception: January 3
The genre of landscape photography is as varied as the earth itself. Untouched wilderness offers as much rich photographic material as manicured parks and farms. From mountains to coastlines, desert to tundra, our relationship with the land is complex and personal. For Mainland, The Kiernan Gallery seeks photographs that examine the wide variety in climate, topography, and development on our planet.
About the Juror:
Stella Kramer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative strategist who works one-on-one with photographers to help them strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals.
Her work involves in-depth critiques and positive encouragement, while working with photographers to tell their story, look at their work in a new way, and shape their portfolio and website to attract interest from potential clients.
Stella has worked on many of the major news events in recent history, serving as the photo editor for The New York Times series “Portraits of Grief” memorializing those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Her work as part of the that team won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the 2002 Infinity Award for Public Service from the International Center of Photography. She was also part of the team at The New York Times that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.
As a photo editor Stella has worked at The New York Times, People, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and other top magazines.
Stella has curated photography for the South Street Seaport Museum and the Museum of the City of New York, and for the Griffin Museum of Photography and Fraction magazine online. She also lectures, reviews portfolios all over the country and teaches at SVA in New York and in Caracas, Venezuela.
Her blog, Stellazine, is about all things photography and features both commentary and interviews with photographers of all genres who discuss the creative process.
When I think of landscape photography, I want it to mean more than fancy tourist snapshots. I want to go beyond the boundaries of the past, where Ansel Adams is seen as the penultimate landscape photographer. I think of the landscape of the body, of the sky and of dreams. I want to expand the definition, the way so many definitions have been expanded in modern times.
It was exciting to see that a variety of photographers had the same idea as me, and they approached the subject from a broader perspective then perhaps they would have in the past.
I am not convinced that technique somehow makes a better photo. I believe it all starts with a vision and an idea. That doesn’t mean that serendipity doesn’t come to play. Photographers need to remember to be open to that which surprises them in the moment.