“Unreal” Photography Contest

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"Unreal" Photography ContestThis month 1650 Gallery welcomes photographic flights of fancy with the exhibition UNREAL: Staged, Fantasy and Fictitious Photography. Call it what you will, but we like to lump it all under the banner of “constructed imagery”– which means if you can dream it, we want to see it! With it’s roots in 20th Century Pictorialism (itself a construct of Alfred Steiglitz!), the contemporary constructed photograph is coming on strong in the 21st Century. Whether digitally created in Photoshop or shot “in-camera” on physical sets, constructed imagery strives to tell the stories that candid photography cannot. Current masters of the genre include Philip Di Lorca Corcia, Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, Sandy Skoglund and Jeff Wall. Is fiction stranger than truth after all? This time at 1650, the answer lies with you!


  • Best In Show, 2nd Place and 3rd Place will be awarded and posted online after the show opening.
  • Approximately fifty works will be chosen from submitted photos to be included in the In Living Color group photography exhibition at 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles.

Image requirements: JPG format; 72 ppi, image width up to 1024 pixels on the longest side.

Online submission of digital images via the website. All accepted entries must submit a high res jpeg (300-360 dpi, minimum size 5×7) to be included in the printed SHOW CATALOG.


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