L.A. Photo Curator: Primary Shapes

L.A. Photo Curator: Primary Shapes

Deadline: August 31, 2020
Entry Fee: $20 for 3 images
Prizes: Q&A with curator, participation in the online exhibition

Curator: Mark Indig

Theme: Primary Shapes

Indig says, “Circles. Triangles. Rectangles. Squares. Trapezoids. These are the basic geometric two-dimensional shapes. I’m interested in seeing how your images creatively feature these shapes in architecture, abstracts, still life, nature, landscapes, people or macro photography. These primary shapes can be highlighted or subtle but must be a key element of the composition.”

Mark Indig has spent over 40 years in the motion picture industry, most recently as a Studio Executive, Producer and Unit Production Manager for companies such as Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Fox and Dreamworks. He has worked on films such as Body Heat, The Big Chill, Titanic, The Village, The Guardian, Tropic Thunder and the ridiculously expensive and disappointing Lone Ranger. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Location Managers Guild of America and is on the Board of Directors of FilmLA.

But it was his 15 years as a Location Manager that gave him a love of photography and a unique perspective on the urban landscape; learning how to tell a story about each location in a few images. In his personal work, he is most interested in the dialectic between the rural and the urban; the need to be together and to be apart as humans and the resulting constantly shifting patterns of how and where we live, work and play.

He is particularly drawn to places with a specific geographic identity. Even more so when there is a matching overlay of cultural identity which is gradually being lost, reflected in many of his photo studies like the Florida Panhandle, the Ozarks, Ohio River Valley, Chesapeake Bay, US Borderlands and the Susquehanna River. These places resonate with the culture wars that push and pull on society, which he views through quotidian architecture and landscapes.

He now devotes full time to photography and has published three books:

  • The Los Angeles River: A City Runs Through It
  • 88: The Tribal Cities of Los Angeles County
  • Ohi:Yo´

Key exhibitions include the Annenberg Space for Photography, Leica Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, Camerawork Gallery, Riverside Museum of Art and Davis Orton Gallery. He’s been featured in Shadow & Light Magazine, LA Times Calendar, F-stop Magazine, Shots Magazine, LensCulture, Rangefinder Magazine and Location Int’l Magazine. He has also been featured thirty times on Your Daily Photograph.

10% of artist entry fees goes to the curator’s choice of charity. Mark Indig has chosen the Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org/en-us/membership-and-giving/donate-to-our-mission

Another 10% will go to the first place winner’s choice of charity.

ALL entrants work is shown on their own page with their artist statement, website info, bio and parts of their CV. Early entries are featured on L.A. Photo Curator’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

First Place winner receives Q&A with curator. Curator reviews first place winner. One or more past curators may contribute reviews as well. 10% of artist fees goes to the first place winner’s charity. The first place image shows on our splash page for a month.

Entry Fee

$20 for 3 images

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