Call for Entries: Illusion and Chemistry: The Alternative Process, Kiernan Gallery


Call For Entry Deadline: November 25, 2011

Illusion and Chemistry: The Alternative Process January 10 – February 4, 2012

Alternative process photography today is a hybrid of historical techniques and contemporary ideas. Despite, or perhaps because of, the digital revolution, early printing processes are in revival. Whether it is in reaction to digital, or a hybrid process aided by the technology, these techniques remain as evocative and dreamy as they ever were, bringing a unique style to present-day ideas. For Illusion and Chemistry: The Alternative Process, the Kiernan Gallery seeks images that use any alternative processing technique (see examples below) for any idea you wish to express.

Any photographic print created as a product of a non-traditional process is eligible. Processes may include but are not limited to: Albumen, Bromoil, Cyanotype, Daguerreotypes, Gum Bichromate, Platinotypes, Salt Prints, Temeraprints, Tintypes, Wet Plate Collodion. Hybrid or Combination images incorporating conventional (including digital) processes with handcrafted applications are also eligible. Conventional techniques such as Silver Gelatin, Digital, and C-prints are not eligible.

For this exhibition, juror Christopher James will select up to 30 images for display in the main gallery and up to an additional 40 to be included in the online gallery. All accepted images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror’s Choice and a Director’s Choice will be announced.

About the Juror: Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose paintings and alternative process images have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including shows in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The first edition of his book, The Book of Alternative Photographic Process, received unprecedented critical acclaim and was the winner of The Golden Light Technical Book of the Year award. In 2008, a greatly expanded, and lavishly illustrated 2nd edition was published by Delmar Cengage and has become universally recognized as the definitive text in the genre. A 3rd edition is currently underway and will be published in 2013. Christopher, afer 13 years at Harvard University, is currently University Professor, and Director of the MFA in Photography program at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley Universiy. He is also a working graphic designer and a professional scuba diver. His work can be viewed at

We accept only digital submissions. Re-photographs, scans, etc. of your image are acceptable and should be accompanied by a description of the process in the submission form. All digital files should be provided as:

– JPGs
– 72 ppi
– sRGB
– Image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side.
– Files should be titled as LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the submission form. No non-alpha-numeric characters.

Please include in your submission email or letter:

– Artist’s Name
– Title of work
– Process
– Size of original

By Email
Email image files and Submission Form to:

By Mail
CD submissions may be mailed, but must be received by the submission deadline. Submission fee may be paid by either check included with CD or by PayPal via the Pay Now button. Mail the CD (not DVD) with JPG files and Submission Form to:

The Kiernan Gallery
23B West Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450

Submission Fee:
Non-refundable fee of $25 for the first 5 images and $5 for each additional image (Up to 10 images). Credit card or PayPal payments may be made using the Pay Now button. Checks may be mailed to the address listed above.

International submissions are accepted.

If you have any questions about submitting, please contact

Acceptance Notification:
Artists will be notified of accepted work via email approximately eight days after the submission deadline. The juror will select up to 30 images for display in the main gallery, as well as up to an additional 40 for display in the online gallery. All accepted photographs are eligible for inclusion in a full color exhibition catalogue available for purchase from Blurb Books.

Artists exhibiting at the gallery may offer their work for sale. The Kiernan Gallery retains 30% of the sale price as commission. 

Use Rights:
Artists retain full rights to their work. The Kiernan Gallery requests use of selected images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition and subsequent display as thumbnails on this website.