Paper Studies: Photography by Debra Bilow
May 6th – 26th, 2018
Gravy Studios
910 N 2nd Street Philadelphia. Pa 19123

Bilow, Paper Study No. 1, Untitled No. 2


Opening Reception: First Friday, May 4th, 7-10pm
Open Hours: Saturdays 1-5pm and by appointment

Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Paper Studies, Debra Bilow’s first solo exhibition in Philadelphia. Paper Studies, focuses on Debra’s interest in still life compositions. This series of still lifes are nuanced color or black and white images that play with perception, expressing her minimalist leanings and are grounded in formality and restraint. The images are of white folded paper, placed within a white setting and photographed in natural light. The limited color palette causes the forms to fade into the background.  The planes flatten and merge and the delicate objects are barely there. Each image is printed on a small scale to enhance their understated, quiet nature. The size promotes an intimate, individual viewing of the photograph.

Debra Bilow (1955, American) photographs still life compositions, buildings, and landscapes. Debra grew up at the edge of rural life in Upstate New York.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Rutgers University and subsequently pursued a career in real estate. Her photographs have been exhibited across the east coast of the US. Her images have been published in The Photo Review and the Light Journal and acquired by private collectors. She lives and works in Brooklyn and South Salem, New York.


Gravy Studio & Gallery is a collaborative photography workspace and gallery located on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. Our goal is to serve as a multi-functional space that promotes the work of local photographers. Opening receptions are held on the First Friday of every month.

2018 Photo Review International Photography Competition



MUSEUM OF MODERN ART CURATOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH MEISTER TO JURY THE 2018 PHOTO REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Museum of Modern Art Curator of Photography Sarah Meister will be the juror for the 2018 Photo Review Photography Competition. Among her many accomplishments, her most recent books include One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (2016) and Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967 (2017). She is a co-editor of and contributing author to the three-volume series Photography at MoMA (1960 to Now, 1920 to 1960, and 1840 to 1920), co-director of the August Sander Project (a five-year research initiative with Noam Elcott, Columbia University), and the lead instructor for the online course Seeing Through Photographs on Coursera.

The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 34th annual photography competition with a difference. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2018 competition issue and on its website. Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition.

Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. And Forrest Old, director of the Red Filter Gallery, will select a photographer for a one-person show at the online gallery. Plus numerous Editor’s Selections will be exhibited in several Photo Review web galleries.

Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

Awards include a $500 purchase prize for inclusion in the Haverford College Photography Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive college photography collections in the United States, selected by William Earle Williams, the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in Humanities; Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography, at Haverford College; a Mission Workshop Rhake, Weatherproof Laptop Backpack with The Capsule, Padded Camera Insert; a 24"x50' roll of Museo Silver Rag; a $200 gift certificate from Shades of Paper, a leading supplier of inkjet photo paper; a 20"x24" silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging; a ThinkTank Airport Advantage Plus camera bag and a ThinkTank Airport Advantage camera bag; a “The Complete Photographer’s Set” from Tog Tees (https://www.togtees.com/collections/all-t-shirts); and several Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Cameras (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BF7KG7).

An entry fee of $35 for up to three prints or images and $8 for each additional image entitles all entrants to a copy of the full-color catalogue. In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $36, a 20% discount. (Higher rates apply for non-US subscribers.)

All entries must be received by May 31, 2018.

You can download contest rules and submit images at www.photoreview.org/wordpressindex/2018-competition. For further information call The Photo Review at 215/891-0214, 340 East Maple Avenue, Suite 200, Langhorne, PA 19047info@photoreview.org.

THE PHOTO REVIEW

Publishing since 1976, The Photo Review covers photography events throughout the country and serves as a central resource for photography in the Mid-Atlantic region. The quarterly journal, printed on coated paper with high quality reproduction, contains reviews, portfolios, interviews, book reviews, and news. The Photo Review has presented previously unpublished images by Duane Michals, Weegee, and Frederick Sommer, and catalogues for a James VanDerZee exhibition, a show of Lois Greenfield’s dynamic dance photographs, “Changing Visions of the American Landscape,” and a widely praised catalogue celebrating the centennial of Stieglitz’s Camera Work. Its writers have included A. D. Coleman, Frank Day, Shelley Rice, Peter Hay Halpert, Barbara L. Michaels, Daile Kaplan, Jean Dykstra, and Mark Power. Subscriptions are $45 per year for the quarterly journal and the newsletter, which is issued eight times a year and sent as a PDF by email with live links and which contains exhibition listings, exhibition opportunities from around the country and the world, and news.

The Photo Review 2018 International Photography Competition is sponsored by Digital Silver Imaging, Museo, Shades of Paper, Kodak, Mission Workshop, ThinkTank Photo, Haverford College, Red Filter Gallery, and Tog Tees.

Tribute to Spring


Death in the Blizzard


She flew into the window directly behind my office desk. I turned around and saw her lying in the snow. A tiny snow angel. She was so warm in my hand, I expected her to wake up at any moment. Fly to heaven little one!



The Artblog and The St.Claire are teaming up to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of methods, styles and ideas. The best writing will not only address the art in question, but also progress the conversation into unexpected and unclaimed territories.

This contest is in conjunction with Philadelphia's first ever New Art Writing Symposium -- a collaboration between the Artblog and The St.Claire to bring together over a month of activities designed to examine, expand and celebrate the state of art writing in Philadelphia.

1 Grand prize ($600 + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

3 Category prizes ($100 each + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)
  • 100 words or less
  • 500 words or less
  • 1,000 words or less
8 Honorable Mentions (Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

No Entry Fee !!