Sunday, June 19, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Down on the Farm at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction

Last call for Submissions to
Down on the Farm
Juried by Paul Mobley
Entries Close Tuesday, June 21st at Midnight EDT

Material for Down on the Farm is endless: from backyard gardens to the 1000-acre ranch, rice paddies to cotton fields, the chicken coop to the breeding barn, sugar house to road-side veggie stand, farmers' markets to agricultural auctions, from harvest festival to the county fair. This exhibit pays tribute to the men and women who work the land that nourishes us all.

A look back: the Farm Security Administration was born in 1935 in the United States as a means to battle poverty in rural America. It was the documentary photographic work born of this era and via the goals of the FSA, that the first major bodies of work depicting agriculture and its social realities came into being. The majority of the work produced was by fifteen Photographers (a total of 44 photographers had been hired) including such greats as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans and Ben Shahn. Look to their images, as well as contemporary Ag-Documentarians for your inspiration, such as juror Paul Mobley. More information at