Thrilled to have been awarded the Juror's Choice Award during the Context 2018 Exhibition at Filter Photo in Chicago juried by April M. Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
The myriad conceptual and aesthetic approaches to photography that characterize the medium today were in full evidence as I viewed the submissions for Context 2018. Across the board, the submissions were high caliber. My task was, thus, very difficult; less a matter of selecting “the best,” but rather choosing works that represented mature, creative ideas and adept techniques, whatever the genre or category of practice. That being said, my subjective proclivities for work that uses the medium to challenge mundane modes of perception are reflected in my final selections. The themes of memory—personal and collective—also weave through these works, though I avoided any stringent thematic underpinning, for fear such an approach would omit too many fascinating works. Ultimately, I hope my selections reflect the incredible wealth of talent that came together, in aggregate, for this exhibition. It is to Filter Photo’s great credit that they provide such important opportunities for talented individuals to show and share their works in such a professional and thoughtful manner. To that end, it has been a privilege to serve as this year’s juror.
April M. Watson
Curator of Photography
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art