MEED3: When Photography Ruled the Streets


Important Dates:

Finalist Exhibition Dates: 07/12/19 – 08/02/19

Exhibition Opening 07/12/19

Entry Deadline: 06/22/19





Images - 5


Entry Fee $45.00



Gallery19 announces a call for entries for our Third annual juried competition, Meed3: When Photography Ruled the Streets. Photographers at all experience levels are invited to submit work.  Artists selected as finalists will have their work exhibited (and available for purchase*) at Gallery19 for the month of July 2019. ** As competition judge, Ahmed Ozsever, artist and educator, will review all entries, select finalists, and announce the winner at an opening reception at Gallery19, on July 12th, 2019.


THEME: When Photography Ruled the Streets

Gallery19 and juror Ahmed Ozever delve into the ever-changing world of street photography. There is no clear definition of street photography, but for this competition we will define street photography as the preservation of special moments of our time, in which artists make accessible to future generations.  These images are a documentation of who we are and where we have been.  Street photography fully immerses the viewer into a different time and experience.  Our hope is that artists of all levels will submit work that will tell stories like street photographers Vivian Maier and William Eggleston.



$45 for submission of 5 jpgs.  Payment must be in US dollars.  Entry fees are non-refundable.  Submission of artists’ statements and bio required.


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The winner of Gallery19 Meed3 will receive a solo show at Gallery19 for the month of August 2020.  The winner will also have a one-year contract with Gallery19, which includes exposure on the gallery’s website, ongoing multi-media, promotion, including social media, participation in gallery programming (openings, events, artist talks, etc.), and direct sales efforts.  In addition, Ahmed Ozsever will mentor the winner for a full year August 2019 through August 2020, by reviewing and evaluating work product, and assisting in development of a gallery-ready exhibition, all culminating in a solo exhibition at Gallery19.



We are honored to have Ahmed Ozsever preside over the 2019-2020 Gallery19 Meed3 competition. Ahmed Ozsever is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. He works in installation and embraces architectural anomalies, as well as the hidden histories of a given location and exhibition space. His background in photography informs his recurring interest in the process, and limitations of photographic seeing. Ahmed’s work explores the articulation and perception of constructed temporalities, mediated experiences of land(scape), and the peculiar human traces inscribed in quotidian spaces. Ahmed earned his BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art at IU Indianapolis, and received his MFA from Cornell University.



Deadline for initial submissions:  June 22nd, 2019


1.) Commission: All sales of work from Gallery19 Meed3 will be transacted by Gallery19; Gallery19 will retain a 30% commission on all sales.


2.) Artists agree not to reproduce/sell images being exhibited in Gallery19 Meed3 within the state of Illinois for the duration of the exhibition (July/August 2019).


3.) Artist retains all rights to any photograph she/he submits, including ownership if applicable. If your image is selected for the juried competition exhibition, you grant Gallery19 nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to: Use, in connection with the current annual photo competition exhibition, your name, city, state, and country of residence in Gallery19 promotions and publications. Use, in connection with the current annual photo competition exhibition, your image on partner and third-party promotions and can also be used in connection with future annual photo competition exhibitions, as a condition of the permission, Gallery19 shall credit all photographs with the caption Person’s name.


**Deadline for finalists’ framed works to reach Gallery19:  July 5th, 2019



A list of finalists will be posted to this page by June 26th, 2019.  Finalists will also be notified by email or phone

Meed2 New Abstraction Winner: Chandler Smith


Congratulations to our MEED2 winner Chandler Smith, over the course of the year he will be working with Judge Juan Fernandez which will culminate in a solo exhibition here at Gallery19 in July of 2019.



Chandler Smith is visual artist based in Chicago, IL.  In 2018 he will complete two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Fine Art Photography and the other in Audio Design & Production.  His practice spans a range of media including photography, video, installation, and audio art. His work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout Chicago since 2015.  From November 2017 through January 2018, the first solo exhibition of his project, An Approximation, was on display at the private residence of Columbia College Chicago’s President, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim.  Upcoming projects include a second exhibition of An Approximation, as well as his first public installation piece.


Artist Statement:

An Approximation reevaluates what a photograph is by exploring the boundaries and intersections between photography, sculpture, and video, while analyzing the relationship between humans and technology.


The process by which these pieces are created is akin to that of collage, while also maintaining that traditional notions of medium specific materials and processes are most effective when used as tools for creation rather than as vehicles leading toward a worn-out system of classifications.  In the same way that material in a collage is overlaid, and the process of cutting and pasting are repeated, this body of work uses video, still imagery, digital and physical collage, as well as the surrounding environment as tools for creation.

These pieces are produced by projecting video into the corner of a room; meanwhile, the video is photographed, sometimes for lengths as long as 30 seconds.  This process creates individuality in each form that cannot be replicated due to the randomness and specificity of the period of time during the video that the photograph was taken.  In some of the pieces, adding physicality as well as being non-rectangular in their form further challenges the preconception of a photograph.  After these processes are repeated many times, selections of photographs are used to create an approximation of a figure in an environment.


We now live in a world that is inseparable from technology.  Large portions of the world’s population now have “smart phones” that are becoming more of a socially accepted stand-in for reality than anything else in history.  John Lewell points out in his book published in 1985 that, “[Technology] is concerned with how tasks are performed, not with whether they should or should not be performed in the first place”, and later follows up with a warning that, “[The danger] inherent in computer graphics, is the distance that it places between the human operator and the real world.  By enhancing sight at the expense of touch we may literally be losing touch with reality”.  This problem of losing touch with reality and the push to consider reality as subjective has now manifested itself in many aspects of our lives, culture, and politics.


These technological advancements have also led to a phenomenon eerily similar to a change in society that Walter Benjamin noticed happening in the early 20th Century in which, “The desire of contemporary masses to bring things ‘closer’ spatially and humanly” caused a shift in perception in which people became obsessed with, “overcoming the uniqueness of every reality by accepting its reproduction”.  Benjamin then adds, “The adjustment of reality to the masses and of the masses to reality is a process of unlimited scope, as much for thinking as for perception”.

Put simply, we have come to a point where we are just as willing, if not more so, to accept a reproduction or representation of reality for the real thing.  We have traded our lovers’ touch in order to grasp aluminum and glass in our hand, the sound of their voice for translations from 0’s and 1’s, and their hazel eyes for pixels of red, blue, and green.  An Approximation is doing the same by replacing a portrait for an approximation, and a reality for a representation.

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