They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We take photographs of our friends, our family, our travels, and ourselves to freeze a moment in time and create a tangible piece of artwork that will forever tell our story. We take photographs of interesting strangers, exotic cultures, and obscure objects to bring light and life to that which we don’t understand, to relate and to learn, or perhaps to recover. Photography is at once an everyday hobby and a fine art form. Anyone can take a photo that means something to them, but not everyone can create a work of photographic art that means something to the world.
The Art of Photography Show is an international exhibition that showcases the best photographs from amateur and professional artists all across the world. This year, 15,444 entries were submitted by artists in 72 different countries, and the featured judge Anne Lyden selected 109 of the most compelling works to include in the exhibition that runs August 13 – October 23 at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery.
Some of our favorite photographs include “Flesh Love – Michio & Yuhei” by Hal Shibuyaku in Japan; "The Distance Between Us #1" by Christopher Capozziello in Hamden; "Chernobyl, Pripyat': General Store" by Kate Sobol in Los Angeles; "Yellow Pages" by Charles Shotwell in Chicago; "Masquerade" by Atsushi Yamada in Japan; and "Place 1861" by Jose A. Gallego in Spain. So unique in subject matter, technique, and perspective, the wide range of featured photographs represents the diversity of the art form itself. The Art of Photography Show will award five artists with a total of $10,000 in prize money.
The Art of Photography Show Opening Reception Gala takes place on Saturday, August 13, inviting the community into the two-story Lyceum Theatre Gallery for an exclusive showing of the 109 selected photographs, along with hors d’oeuvres from Coast Catering, Kendall Jackson wine, and Highland Single Malt Scotch tasting. In addition to free bites and spirits, attendees will be gifted with a complimentary copy of the Show Catalog – a 72-page book featuring all of the exhibited images with artist statements. The Opening Reception Gala is a free event, and doors open at 6pm.
If you fall in love with one of the pieces, you can purchase it, for a good cause. The Art of Photography Show will donate 100% of their portion of art sales revenue to The AjA Project, a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego that empowers recently resettled refugee and immigrant youth through the use of innovative photography-based educational programs.
The Art of Photography Show is a free art exhibit that will be on display at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery at Horton Plaza Mall seven days a week, 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and noon to 6pm on weekends. For more information, please visit artofphotographyshow.com.
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