In or near Toronto? The Mobile Photography Awards Opening Reception at the Milton Centre for the Arts is tonight. Meet many of the iPhoneographers in person and see these outstanding works enlarged, in print and up close.
The Mobile Photography Awards exhibit runs through July 13, 2013. The opening reception is tonight. More after the jump. >>>
Starting less than four years ago with Knox Bronson’s Pixels At An Exhibition, real-world exhibits such as the MPAs have helped iPhoneography quickly gain respectability as an art form and gain rapid public and gallery acceptance. The MPAs is one of the few elite exhibits in iPhoneography, due to founder and curator Dan Berman’s tireless promotion of the art form and his ability to get the exibits into some higher profile galleries.
“It’s a rare privilege indeed to be entrusted with printing and displaying the work of more than 60 artists from nearly 15 countries,” says Dan Berman about this year’s MPAs exhibit. “This exhibit marks the 6th time the MPA has had that honor and it gets more exciting every show. The prints are outstanding this year and I’m personally really thrilled to be able to bring the exhibit to Canada for the first time.”
The show is a current snapshot (no pun intended) of the state of iPhoneography and is well-represented by iPhoneography’s top artists. I saw this year’s exhibit in New York. It’s well worth seeing.
Here’s the complete press release with more info:
TORONTO, CANADA – June 25th. The Mobile Photography Awards launched the first of two 2013 summer exhibits in Canada today at the Holcim Gallery at the Milton Centre for the Arts near Toronto, Ontario. More than 60 images are on display for three weeks through July 13, 2013. The exhibit features beautifully rendered archival prints of each of the 20 MPA category winners and runners-up in sizes ranging from 10×10 to 30×30. In addition, there are images from the top 3 ArtHaus Photo Essay winners, MPA Photographer/Artist of the year Sarah Jarrett, our jury members and several from our Founder’s Choice list.
“The Mobile Photography Awards were designed to celebrate and focus attention on the explosive growth of mobile phone photography and art,” says Berman. “We all know the majority of photographs these days are taken on smartphones, however, the MPA is really about something else completely. We want to showcase great art – we offer an opportunity for fine artists who happen to use iPhones and Android devices as artistic tools.”
Juried by top photographers, artists, educators, journalists, and leaders in the field, the winning 20 entries, runners-up and founder’s choices, are now part of an international gallery and exhibit tour. The 2013 tour kicked off at the SOHO Gallery for Digital Art in New York City in February and was followed by a three month showcase at San Francisco’s ArtHaus of the top 3 photo essay submissions plus work from MPA Photographer/ Artist of the year Sarah Jarrett. The MPA results site has a complete online gallery of all the artists and images in the show.
Berman continues and suggests that “…the key is that the devices have made this creativity possible – and I don’t just mean apps, or instant sharing. I believe that making images in the palm of your hand, wherever you happen to be, is more than just a shift or an alternative to the way images were processed before but, actually, a completely new mode of creating images.”
The opening reception is Saturday June 29th from 6:00-9:00PM – The Milton Centre for the Arts is at 1010 Main St in Milton, Ontario.
About the Mobile Photography Awards
The Mobile Photography Awards were founded to promote the global phenomenon of mobile, or cell-phone, photography and art. We aim to recognize and celebrate the creatives working in the medium. With world-class exhibits, competitions and open gallery calls, the MPA is the world’s largest event of it’s kind. For more information, visit www.mobilephotoawards.com or the MPA blog www.the-mpas.com.