Getting exposure

Published 10:01 pm Thursday, March 11, 2010

Photographers and art lovers milled around the Suffolk Museum Friday evening for the opening of the 26th annual Juried Photography Exhibit.

The show includes 74 photographs — from landscapes and architecture to wildlife and still life.

“It was a pleasure to judge the Suffolk Museum’s 26th Annual Photography Exhibit,” juror Everett Adelman said in his juror’s statement. “There is obviously a large and talented group of photographers in the Hampton Roads region.”

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The exhibit’s Best in Show winner, shot by William Brown, features a black girl looking at photos of lynchings in a small shop. The girl is his niece, Brown said. The photo is titled “Strange Fruit” — a reference to a Billie Holiday song condemning the lynching of blacks in the American South.

“The scale of this picture is close to life-size, which is instantly and physically engaging,” Adelman said in his juror’s statement. “This makes a strong human interest photo.”

Other award winners included:

“Buddhist Nun at Angorwat, Cambodia” by Neal Newfield — Juror’s Choice No. 1

“This is the classically perfect color photo; an exotic subject, elegant composition, atmospheric lighting, and the center of interest is supported by the environment of the image,” Adelman said.

“Behind the Mask” by Heather Jones — Juror’s Choice No. 2

“It captures the working conditions of a firefighter and the horizontal bank of mist adds a lure of interest,” Adelman said.

“Open Range” by Robert Brooks — Shooting Star Gallery Award

“This color panorama of farmland expresses the simple majesty of the panorama and sublimity of this country,” Adelman said.

Honorable mentions included “Watchers” by Catherine Costa; “Grizzy” by Lawrence I’Anson; “Ginko with Guns” by Helen Jones; “What Kind of Dog Are You” by David Zeiler; and “Cloud Factory” by Todd Cairns.

The photography exhibit will open with a reception Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 16. Most photos will be available for sale. The Suffolk Museum, 118 Bosley Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.