Call for Art: “From The Hip” Photos of Life at Street Level

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:01 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

Call for Art: “From The Hip”

Photos of Life at Street Level

Salem Arts Association presents “From The Hip”, a Photography exhibition of images from the street. The streets are filled with stories. We’re challenging photographers to present the candid stories you find and capture at street level. Show us your moment of truth!

Hip shooting, which was named after gun fighting, is a photographic style described as shooting photographs from waist level without using the viewfinder of the camera to centralize the subject. Photographers have been creating “Street Photography” for decades “shooting from the hip”. It’s an art form best known from photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Garry Winogrand (1928–1984), Vivian Maier (1926-2009), Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), Walker Evans (1903-1975), and others.

Here are some tips to consider:

·      Set your exposure in advance

·      Close down your aperture

·      Increase your shutter speed

·      Pre-focus or Autofocus

·      Use a wide angle lens

·      Hold the Camera By the Lens

·      Seek Out Design Elements and Interesting Light

Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open non-members and current Salem Arts member artists who may submit photographs for the juror’s consideration. This exhibit encourages artists to submit images that adhere to our theme of “From the Hip – Life at Street Level”.  

Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per image submission. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three photographs.

·      Creative Salem members pay the Salem Arts member fee discount.*

Submission Form: Please download the gallery submission form and provide all required information requested, and follow instructions on the form. Printed copies must be submitted with your submissions.

Exhibition Jurying: Salem Arts Gallery Committee representatives will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality, presentation/framing, and space availability.  

Awards:  Our guest judge will be John Andrews of Creative Salem. 

John Andrews is an award-winning, community based creative professional based in Salem, Massachusetts. An entrepreneur, social media expert and visual story teller, John has assisted with a wide variety of projects and services to benefit the creative-gig economy which provides both traditional and new marketing services. From hosting pop-up events like the Creative Assembly, aligning with large non-profits brands like the Peabody Essex Museum and capturing some of the largest events in New England during Halloween festivities, his work has been shared on Huffington Post, MTV, LogoTV, CNN and local stations. John Andrews is the CCO at Creative Salem, a local collective that focuses on connecting the community and businesses to the creative economy and local artists. Over the past five years Creative Salem has fostered hundreds of creative individuals and initiatives.

·      1st Prize: $100

·      2nd Prize: $75

·      3rd Prize: $50

·      Honorable Mentions


Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, July 30, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, July 31, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by August 2, 2017. 

Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, August 5, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: August 4 – September 24, 2017

Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, September 24, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, September 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Rules & Regulations: Please be sure to read the 2017 Artist Agreement and ensure you accept the agreement on your online member profile page. Non-members must also agree to our agreement provided at the gallery.

Presentation and framing: All submissions must be properly framed, matted, appropriately wired (no saw tooth hangars), and ready to hang. Framed photographs must be matted and under glass. White matting is preferred. Non-framed images will be accepted if presentation quality meets gallery standards. Wired images must have a tight wire positioned within the top quarter of the image height. All submissions will be inspected at take-in to assure they adhere to gallery standards. Submissions not meeting our standards will be rejected.

Sales and Volunteer Requirements:Exhibiting member artists are required to volunteer 3+ hours per month when your artwork is on display in the gallery or the gallery shop. Please sign up for a gallery host time slot or make arrangements for alternate volunteer opportunities. Click here for volunteer information and sign up.

* Non-member artists are not required to volunteer but are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

Please contact with questions.

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