November 4 – December 18, 2016


juried by Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah

It is a challenge and a delight for a juror to be faced with the problem of too much great work. With little restrictions on submission criteria, in reviewing over 100 submissions, I was reminded of just how diverse the medium of photography really is, and how many different ways the photographer can not only interact with its subject, but also its future audience. A photographer experiments with what to place within the frame or not; what type of light, film, camera, paper and even what size she/he believes will portray the story within the photograph best.

The 35 works chosen here reflect each artist’s sensibility and were chosen for their unique perspectives despite the size restriction of this small works show. A photograph takes you places – real or imagined – and these did just that for me. I hope they evoke the same feeling as you see the diversity of works presented.

Congratulations to all who entered, to those in the exhibition – all who put themselves and their perspectives forward. Thank you Allison and HAS for inviting me to do what I love most, reflect on photographs.

Selected Artists:
Jee Young Bang (NY)
Shamila Chaudhary (DC)
Leslie Cohen (DC)
Frederic Crist (VA)
Susan Hoffman Fishman (CT)
Stephan Jahanshahi (NY)
Ann Kaplan (NC)
Angela Kleis (VA)
Cheryl Lavoie (VA)
Jennifer Lothrigel (CA)
Diego Montoya (DC)
Diego Montoya (DC)
Phillip Mosier (GA)
Jennifer Murray (IL)
Kate Patsch (VA)
Michael Rahn (NY)
Rachel Rampleman (NY)
Allison Scott (VA)
Emily Sheffer (CT)
Darren Smith (DC)
Erica Szalkowski (VA)
Anthony Tafuro (NY)
Lingxiang Woo (NY)

This exhibition was juried by DC-based photographer Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in the Washington, D.C area, Laila has lived, worked, and exhibited her photographs in Paris, Washington, and the Middle-East. Laila completed a B.A in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Arts & Culture & Photography from George Mason University in 2007. She worked as a photography and gallery assistant in Washington, before moving to Paris in 2009 to study at SPEOS Photographic Institute. Earning a Certificate in Studio Photography, she focused on portrait and fashion photography working with designers including, Sakina M’Sa, Isadora Ducasse and Dognin, before moving back to Washington in 2010. Since her return she has provided consultation services on photography, curating, art direction and exhibition development for galleries, arts-based organizations, creative groups, and artists. Laila has curated, co-curated and produced several photography exhibitions in Washington for various artists, galleries and citywide events, including: Nuit Blanche: Art All Night DC and FotoWeekDC; Adah Rose Gallery, The Middle East Institute’s Arts & Culture Program, The Smith Center for Healing and The Arts, Studio Gallery and The US Fund for UNICEF among others. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, and on Al Hurrah TV, and is in the permanent collection of the Office of Arts in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. She is a Friend of Mark Landis, a member of ArtTable, serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Studio School and is the Founder & Creative Director of Oui Curate.