Through The Body:

Images Of The Human Body Using Alternative Photographic Techniques

This is a call for photographic imagery that focuses on the human body as depicted in hand-made prints using alternative photographic processes. Public or private spaces, full-body or partial bodies, nude or clothed, self-images or of others… male, female, non-binary, emotional, intellectual, confrontational, questioning, spiritual, sexual, sensual… All forms of exploration are welcome including images that examine subjects such as identity, intimacy, love, sexuality, gaze, social and cultural structure, beauty, ritual, and voyeurism.

Works created in the last two years are eligible. Acceptable processes include, but are not limited to, Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Van Dyke, Palladium/Platinum, Photopolymer Gravure, Copper Plate Gravure, Salt, Tintype, Silver Gelatin, Chemigrams, Phytograms, Lumens, Chromogenic prints, Hand applied emulsions, Photo-encaustic, Carbon, Gumoil, Instant transfers and lifts, and Hand-manipulated (altered surface) digital prints. Combinations of these processes are welcome.  Digital photographic images can be used in combination with other processes, but straight digital prints will not be accepted.  3D and experimental work is encouraged.

August 5th – October 1st, 2022

Reception Friday August 5th, 5- 7pm

Entry Fee:

Entry fee: $35 for 3 images
$5 for each additional image up to 6 images total
Students: $15 use coupon stu15

 Jurying and Awards

Juror:  Michael Puff

First Place                            $250
Second Place                       $150
Third Place                           $75

Michael Puff


Michael Puff is a retired software architect at Stanford University and a former theater set designer. He now concentrates his energy on Fine Art Photography using 19th century printing processes.

            Always involved in the visual arts, Michael began by studying painting. As a young adult, he worked as a scenic painter. During his university years, while pursuing a degree in Theater Arts and Egyptian Archaeology, he designed scenery winning several San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics awards.

            His favorite subjects for photography encompass the natural world, the surreal and dancers. “I’m partial to images which are like theater, innovative, thought-provoking, and play with reality and illusion.” The captured movement created by performers forms a foundation for many of my images.

            Michael has actively pursued photography as an art form since 2004. Beginning the spring of 2011, through workshops and private session, he has studied platinum/palladium printing with master printer Mark I. Nelson. Michael immediately fell in love with the hand made printing process. Additionally, he has attended workshops led by Greg Gorman, Elizabeth Opalenik, Diana Bloomfield, and Brian Taylor.

Puff’s work has been exhibited at the Ryan Gallery at Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ; de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; and LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR. His work is included in the book Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP published in 2021 by Focal Press.


Important Dates:

July 4, midnight Mountain time – deadline for submitted work
July 8th – notification of acceptance via email
July 28th – work due at Light Art Space
August 5th – October 1st.

Michael will be teaching a Platinum/Palladium Printing workshop Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th, 2022.

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