The Flagstaff Arts Council is bringing back the art of black and white photography with its latest show, “Photography That Matters.”
The Council put out an international call in April for submissions of black and white photography with images that cause viewers to “think, feel or act,” said John Tannous, the executive director of the Council.
In today’s world of ubiquitous cellphone photos and social media, some of the mystique has gone out of photography, he said. People don’t know what a good, quality photograph looks like anymore.
So the Council designed a show and put out a call for photographs that have some meaning to them, he said.
“We wanted a contemporary show of black and white photographs,” Tannous said. “We wanted weighty photos, photos that have punch, that have a lasting impact.”
The Council received 95 submissions from Flagstaff photographers as well as photographers as far away as North and South Dakota and Iowa. The photographs covered a wide variety of subjects and situations and locations, from children playing in Kenya to adults protesting in Washington, D.C. and ages from the very young to the elderly.
Out of the 95 submissions, a jury picked 13 as finalists for the show. The photographs will be displayed in the Hidden Light Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The gallery is sponsored by Hidden Light, LLC. Out of the 13 finalists, prizes will be awarded for best in show, second place and third place.
The prize winners will be announced at a special opening reception brunch for the show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Live music, breakfast foods and mimosas will be available at the reception, Tannous said. The center is experimenting with a weekend brunch opening to see if it is easier for people to attend. The photo show will be open for viewing from July 25 to Sept. 30.