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LIVING IMAGE 2021/2022

Contemporary showcase of traditional and historic photographic processes 

January 14th, 2022 – February 27, 2022 

Juror: Aline Smithson

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Night in Paris (2019), Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate
by Living Image 2019 Grand Prize winner Paula Riff

The Halide Project was founded in 2015 to support the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and historic photographic processes. Based in Philadelphia, The Halide Project serves local and global communities by providing exhibition opportunities, educational programming, and other resources. We enthusiastically invite practitioners of chemistry-based photography from around the world to submit work to be considered for Living Image 2021 as a means to share their work with others and connect with like-minded artists. 

Living Image showcases contemporary artists working in traditional and historic photographic techniques. Selected works will be included in an exhibition held at The Halide Project gallery in Philadelphia and published in a printed catalog to accompany the exhibition. All selected artists will receive a copy of the catalog, with additional copies available for a donation. 

One Grand Prize winner will be selected to receive a $250 cash prize along with the opportunity to show a body of work in The Halide Project’s annual small group invitational exhibition, slated for Spring 2022. 

Additional sponsored prizes include The Photo Review Prize. One work will be selected for publication in The Photo Review by editor Stephen Perloff, and the selected artist will receive a two-year subscription to the publication More prizes and sponsors to come.

Previous years’ jurors have included Art Forum’s Chandra Glick, The Print Center’s John Caperton, Kat Kiernan of Panopticon Gallery and Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, and Kris Graves of Kris Graves Projects. THP’s past small group invitationals have featured works by Bill Armstrong, Marina Berio, Barbara Dombach, Lisa Elmaleh, Vincent Feldman, Sage Lewis, Josh Marowitz, Scott McMahon in collaboration with Ahmed Salvador, Lucretia Moroni, Jackie Neale, Paula Riff, Tricia Rosenkilde, Carla Shapiro, Caitlyn Soldan, Amanda Tinker, and Sarah Van Keuren. 


Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. She received a BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Rupersburg, and Charles Garabedian.

Smithson has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China. In addition, her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harper’s.

Smithson is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. Her books are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, among others. With the exception of her cell phone, she only shoots film.

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  • Artwork must be made using traditional, pre-digital photographic printing techniques, including but not limited to: silver gelatin, c-prints, instant film, platinum/palladium, cyanotype, gum bichromate, wet plate collodion, and other alternative and historic printing processes. Traditional, analog prints made from digital negatives are eligible. Inkjet prints and digital c-prints are not eligible, even if made from film. 
  • Artists aged 18 years or older, residing in any country, are eligible to submit.
  • Accepted works must be received by January 7th, 2022 framed and wired to professional standards. (Frame rental may be available for international artists for an additional fee. Contact us for more info.)
  • Artwork must not exceed 30” in any dimension, including frame.
  • If you are unsure whether or not your work is eligible, contact us anytime at


  • $40 for up to three entries, $10 for each additional entry, with a maximum of ten total.
  • Members of The Halide Project receive a $5 discount off the total entry fee.
  • Entrants may purchase a new $40 annual membership at the time of entry to be eligible for the discount.
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  • Payment must be made by credit card at the time of entry


  • Submissions must be made online at by November 19, 11:59pm. • Create a free account to proceed.
  • Select number of entries submitting, add promo code where applicable (details below), and enter payment. • For current Halide Project Members: enter promo code CURRENTMEMBER to receive $5 discount.
  • To purchase a new $40 annual membership and receive discount, enter promo code NEWMEMBERSHIP. • Submit, add, or edit entries from your account page, under “Registered Competitions.”
  • Upload images as JPG, TIF, PDF, or PNG files not greater than 8MB.
  • Please name the file: lastname_firstname_##.jpg (Example: doe_jane_01.jpg).
  • Enter title, medium, price (or NFS), and framed work dimensions where prompted.
  • For any questions about entry or current membership status, contact us at


  • Submissions open: October 11th
  • Submissions close: November 19th, 11:59pm EST
  • Selections announced: December 3rd
  • Participating Artist Contracts (email response): December 8th
  • Artwork delivery/drop-off: January 7th, 2022
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, January 15th, 5-9pm
  • On View: January 14th – February 27th, 2022
  • Artwork pick-up/return: March 10th 


  • Each artist is responsible for shipping/delivery costs to and from the exhibition. (If shipping, please include prepaid return label, account number, or pre-arrange payment with The Halide Project.) 
  • Local artists may deliver and pick-up works in person during designated drop-off/pick-up times. 
  • The Halide Project reserves the right to disqualify any delivered work that differs substantially from the online submission, does not meet guidelines, or is not in exhibition-ready form. 
  • Works included in the exhibition are to remain throughout the duration of the show. 
  • The Halide Project is not liable for any loss or damages that may occur during shipping or delivery to or from the exhibition. The Halide Project will insure artwork against loss and damages from the date the work is received until the pick-up date stated in Important Dates. 
  • Artists retain the copyrights to their own images. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition inclusion grant The Halide Project permission to use images for promoting the exhibition, artist, or The Halide Project and its programs. Images may be placed on The Halide Project’s website, on social media for promotion and features, in emails, and in printed materials. 
  • Images chosen for the exhibition will also be published in a printed catalog. Artists grant usage as stated without further compensation. 
  • The Halide Project will retain a 25% commission on artwork sales. 
  • If the exhibiting or marketing of work is in any way contractually restricted by a representing gallery, agent, or otherwise, or if any terms of another agreement affecting the work conflicts with this agreement, the artist or representative must make The Halide Project aware of this situation in writing at least 30 days prior to the exhibition. Conflicts may preclude the work from being included in the exhibition. 
  • Submission of work and application indicates acceptance of all terms and agreements in this document and in the Agreements section of the application. 

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