2019 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass

* CRITICAL MASS 2020 Opens Early May! *

The aim of Critical Mass is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is about exposure, connection, and community - as well as these notable awards:

CRITICAL MASS 2019 Finalists TOP 50 Announced! Check our TOP 50 page!

Blue Sky Solo Show Award - Noelle Masaon
Robert Rauschenberg Residency Award - Glenna Jennings
Publication in GUP International Photography Magazine. Congratulations to Bryan Thomas, Joshua Dudley Greer, Rachel Cox, Dominika Gesicka, Rory Doyle, and Noelle Mason
Critical Mass TOP 50 Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art (curated by Elizabeth Avedon)
Michael Reichmann Project Grant Awards - three $1000 cash grants awarded for project development. Congratulations to Kristen Emack, Casey Jackson, and Annie Tritt

Photolucida is pleased to award scholarships to Critical Mass to MFA program photography students: Dominika Gesicka, Lenka Grabicova, William Harris, Matt Kowalik, Andrés Mario, Kristen Matuszak, Jordan Putt, and Kaja Rata.

Congratulations to Critical Mass Finalists Bryan Thomas, Dominika Gesicka, Joshua Dudley Greer, Noelle Mason, Rachel Cox, and Rory Doyle for their spreads in a special edition of GUP Magazine #63! And kudos to Anne-Marie Weber, Caleb Stein, David Bernstein, Ian van Coller, Jesse Rieser, Jordan Putt, Panos Charalampidis & Mary Chairetaki, Peter Bogaczewicz, Rhiannon Adam, Swen Bernitz, and Tracy L. Chandler for making the shortlist! These eleven photographers will receive an honorable mention in the issue. You can purchase the limited edition issue under the Books tab on our website.
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Critical Mass Books

Over the years, Photolucida has offered book awards as part of our Critical Mass programming. Photolucida publishes and distributes these titles, and gives copies of the books to all participating photographers and jurors on the years the award is given.


Past titles have been collaborative efforts with publishers such as Daylight Books and Kehrer Verlag. Check out our library of current publications as well as our backlist!