Average Joe exhibit celebrates smartphone photography

Well, smartphone has become an integral part of our daily lives. In fact, there are people who could not live without a cellphone. But the biggest concern was not where to charge your smartphone, but to obtain clean water.

This is the single question that had earlier motivated the owner of Chester gallery Lori Warner and her friend and her friend Rebecca Steiner, who is an art historian, to launch a path-breaking program which harnesses the power of smartphone to step-up access to sanitation and clean water in Central America, Africa and South Asia.

These two women – Lori and Rebecca, imagined a photography exhibit of art by Average Joes – an exhibit which would observe the day to day perspective of the average person via a common medium: the camera application on the phone.

Warner and Steiner started their primary effort to collect pictures almost a year ago. By last month’s end, they had got over two hundred submissions, ranging from amateur to high art photography. The guidelines were that the snaps had to describe both water and a human figure. All of the snaps would be on display as well as for sale to help a non profit body water.org during The Average Joe Photo Show reception on 2nd February, Sunday, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Lori Warner Studio/Gallery located in Chester.

It is not a coincidence that it is Super Bowl Sunday. Rebecca Steiner told that this is the ultimate Average Joe day. The show would close on Earth Day.

Photography contest for rising documentary photographers

Photography agency called Magnum Photos has collaborated with Photography Show to bring forth ‘30 Under 30′, a brand new contest targeted at distinguishing some of the best rising documentary photographers of the world. Backed by IdeasTap, this contest would help expose the work of the young photographers into a wider network of pros.

The contest is open to photographers across the world between the age of 18 – 30; entrants are asked to give 5 documentary snaps from a narrative program. The judging team, consisting of Magnum photographers Alex Webb and David Hurn, along with Olivier Laurent from British Journal of Photography, would look for a clear concept, storyline, originality, execution, technique as well as the ability to communicate their program successfully.