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PhotoPlace Gallery: The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment
Deadline: December 11

PhotoPlace Gallery
Middlebury, VT

Juror: Sam Abell

The phrase ‘decisive moment’ permanently entered the language of photography in 1952 with the publication of Henri-Cartier Bresson’s classic book of black and white images. In words and pictures Bresson presented his philosophy of photography: 

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.”

‘The decisive moment’ became the name for an entire school of documentary photography, one that profoundly influenced—and continues to influence—generations of photographers. I am one of those photographers.

Why? Because the phrase succinctly describes our highest aspirations. We believe there is both truth and beauty in the image that eloquently–decisively–captures life’s fleeting moments.  

In her diary Virginia Woolf also wrote about moments. She saw in them a spiritual importance and forcefully wanted them to be emotionally and artistically realized. She wanted moments to ‘stay’ and lamented that, “No one ever says that enough.” But photographers, I believe, say it every time they skillfully make a thoughtful, heartfelt photograph. 

This juried exhibition is a call to those photographers who have taken photography’s true test: The straight rendering of life’s moments.

Fees: $35 for up to 5 images, $6 for each additional image

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