• Der Greif
• Deadline: November 23rd 2023
• Prize: 1,000€ Scholarship + Exposure
• Category: Contemporary Photography
• Entry Fees: Free
• REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT
Guest Room is dedicated to fostering collaboration, and at its helm, Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européene de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris, has joined forces with his colleague, Aden Vincendeau. Together, they have crafted a unique framework for the submissions, inviting artists to explore the theme of "Happy Accidents: Embracing Mistakes."
Photographic mistakes, often perceived as an aesthetic wonder by some and a testament to technical shortcomings by others, offer a captivating and unconventional perspective on the multifaceted world of photography. These errors, which were somewhat overlooked during the latter part of the 19th century, began to gain recognition and intrigue in the early 20th century. It was during this period that visionaries such as Man Ray, in his reinterpretation of Eugene Atget's images of old Paris, discovered new ways to read and utilize the 'ghostly' imperfections. From Man Ray's innovative approach to Atget's work to Daido Moriyama's extensive collection of 'errors' in "Farewell Photography," the acceptance and celebration of unintended flaws have evolved into a deliberate means of crafting fresh and astonishing aesthetic effects.
"Happy Accidents: Embracing Mistakes" invites artists to explore a myriad of inventive and original approaches to embracing the unplanned, turning serendipitous occurrences into the foundation for innovative new works. This theme offers a space for artists to experiment, redefine, and find beauty in the unexpected, transforming photographic mishaps into opportunities for creative expression and discovery.