State photo show seeks new entries

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2000

Photographs of a gleaming 'dozer blade, a curious raven and a humble snow shovel have graced the walls of the Alaska State Museum as part of Alaska Positive.

The statewide photography exhibition is staged every two years by the museum to encourage photography as an art form in Alaska. The museum is accepting submissions for Alaska Positive 2000 now through Sept. 16. The exhibit will open Oct. 6 and be on display for a month at the museum before touring the state.

Two years ago, 63 photographers submitted more than 200 entries and 44 photos were selected for the show. In addition to traditional fine art black-and-white prints, others sporting psychedelic colors and computer-generated images were displayed.

Three cash awards are sponsored by the friends of the Alaska State Museum the $250 Juror's Choice Award and two Awards of Recognition at $75. The judge also selects photographs for honorable mention.

New York City-based photographer Ralph Gibson will be the judge this year. According to Bruce Kato of the state museum, Gibson is known for his spare, dream-like compositions that are both surrealist and minimal. His subjects range form people to objects to patterns. A selection of his work can be viewed on the World Wide Web at

Gibson has published 27 books of his photographs and shown his work in more than 150 exhibits in galleries throughout the world. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards.

Gibson will deliver a free presentation on Sept. 25 at the museum.

For more information on Alaska Positive 2000, contact the state museum at 465-2901. Submission forms are also available at the museum.

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