In May 2022, Museum of Photography (Tallinn, Estonia) will begin their new theme year dedicated to analog photography. To open the new theme year, the museum will organize an Estonian-Finnish joint exhibition in cooperation with the Finnish Darkroom Association and the Helsinki Darkroom Festival, the Finnish Museum of Photography, and the Finnish Institute in Estonia. The exhibition will be held at the Jaani Almhouse Gallery (Jaani Seek Gallery) from the end of May to September 2022. There will be approximately up to 2,5 to 5 m of the display wall for every artist at the exhibition space.
Finnish Darkroom Association is launching an Open Call to select 5–6 Finnish or Finland-based photographic artists to participate in the exhibition. The Open Call is for photographers who use analog photographic processes to create contemporary photographic works. This includes for example silver gelatin prints, C-prints, daguerreotypes, collodion wet plates, etc. There may be some digital stages in the process of making an image, but the finished work must be largely based on analogue methods. When compiling the selection for the exhibition, the jury will emphasize the photographer’s artistic vision.
The aim of the museum’s analog photography theme year is to show that the old technological photographic methods are not extinct but are successfully used in modern photography as a practice of visual self-expression. The works of the following Estonian artists were selected through an Open Call organized in Estonia earlier this year: Kadri Otsiver, Madis Katz, Toomas Kalve, Tarmo Rätsep, Theo Efros, Liis Ring, Maxim Mjödov and Aiki Järviste.
The international jury consists of Katri Lassila (President of the Finnish Darkroom Association), Natalia Kopkina (Executive Director of the Finnish Darkroom Association), Elina Heikka (Director of the Finnish Museum of Photography), Marge Monko (Head of the Photography Department of EAA), Andrij Bojarov (Visual Artist, Curator and Researcher) and Annika Haas (Curator of the Museum of Photography, Estonia).
How to apply
- To participate please send an overview of the best of your analogue photography project(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The application period ends on Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at 23:59.
- Email Subject: TALLINN x First Name Last Name
- The submitted projects – up to 10 works to one project – should be completed within the last five years.
- Images should be sent in JPG format and at least 2000 pixels wide.
- There are no thematic restrictions.
- Please include a brief description of the analogue technique used and the concept of the work submitted. Textual descriptions do not have to be long. We are curious to know the photographer’s motives and reasons for using analog techniques in today’s digital world.
- Attach a current CV.
- Application should be in English.
Additional information about the Exhibition: Annika Haas, Curator of the Museum of Photography (Tallinn), email@example.com
Additional information about the Open Call: Natalia Kopkina, Executive Director of the Finnish Darkroom Association, firstname.lastname@example.org