To mark its 25th year, the Texas Photography Society did the logical thing: create a show that illustrates the range and quality of contemporary photography.
More than 200 photographers submitted 1,300 images for the show, and the result — 60 images from 25 photographers representing 12 states and Canada — makes up “TPS 25: The International Competition,” on display through Nov. 13 at Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art.
The 60 pictures in the show, framed and matted uniformly, fill the museum’s two galleries with portraits, environment studies, collages, story tableaux and more. Equally diverse are the printing techniques used by the photographers, with pigment prints from inkjet printers, more traditional black-and-white silver gelatin and palladium prints, giclee prints and digital prints.
The exhibit ranges from the photojournalistic black-and-white realism of Jelisa Peterson and Charles Rozier’s hyperrealistic portraits to Marcus DeSieno’s 19th-century take on microorganisms and Bin Feng’s detail-rich symbolic tableaux.
The variety of subjects, photographic techniques and printing methods led Martin Museum organizers to group the works by photographer and arranged alphabetically, museum director Allison Syltie said.
For Baylor photography professor H. Jennings Sheffield, a TPS board member, “TPS 25: The International Competition” is a visual gold mine not only for her students, but anyone interested in photography. Uniting all the diversity is the strong personal vision of the photographer, Sheffield said. And while the near-ubiquity of smartphones and their cameras has put photography in the hands of millions, the exhibit demonstrates the distinctive combination of craft, art and hardware.
“Your iPhone is not going to capture these images,” she said.