A True Story

Photography is the medium of memory. With its birth came the pictorial press and the realization that “a picture tells a thousand words.” This is documentary photography. It is present and tangible, and we rely on it to be authentic and true; it teaches us and when presented in proper context, we believe what we see.  

It is the job of the Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer to present the facts at hand.  It is a challenging job often requiring instant decisions and sometimes in the face of substantial obstacles.  How do we do this succinctly and objectively while providing an engaging and remarkable image or series?  Is it possible to capture a photographic truth while simultaneously expressing our naturally subjective eye?  Our Juror Peter Turnley has proven the task can be successful – have you?

For “A True Story” we’re looking for the documented event, person, or place, whether political, religious, cultural or environmental. Reality itself is infinitely more complex that what a single image can show, so we encourage your Photo Essay submissions of up to six images (some single images tell the whole thing adequately – we’re pleased to consider these equally).  As the Photo Essay is so often complimented or even interdependent with text, we will allow up to three sentences to accompany each accepted image for display in the gallery.

Of special note: we are able to accept essays for this exhibition!  So much of the genre appears as photo story and we're thrilled to offer the opportunity to our exhibitors to submit the same.  Whether you are submitting single images or multiples as a story, Turnley will consider your work as it is intended.  Who knows, this exhibition may include a few very lucky photographers who present an outstanding documentary photo story in several images*.  Feel free to contact us via email with your questions regarding this exciting new submission process.  *(Though work may be submitted and thereby considered as a photo essay, our Jurors/the Gallery reserves the right to choose one or more but not necessarily all of the images submitted as a photo essay.  Good luck!) 

Juror:  Peter Turnley

PETER TURNLEY was educated in French Literature and International Relations, inspiring his truly International work. For the past quarter century, he has been photographing in more than eighty-five countries, capturing world conflict, and several major geo-political moments.  His portraits of political, cultural, and religious leaders as well as photo essays of a variety of social realities additionally weight his extensive, ever-expanding portfolio.   He has published five books:  “Beijing Spring”, “Moments of Revolution”, “In Times of War and Peace”, “Parisians”, and “McClellan Street”. His images have been published in International magazines including Stern, Paris Match, Geo, Life, National Geographic, the London Sunday Times, Le Monde, and Doubletake. Additionally, Turnley’s photographs have been showcased on the cover of Newsweek magazine over forty times. We are thrilled to have his extensive experience as a successful Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer applied to his mission as Juror for “A True Story.”