2015 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass

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 some very notable awards!

Critical Mass 2016 is now open for entry! Early bird registration runs through May!

Congratulations to the CM15 Solo Exhibition Award winner Amanda Harman and to the Rauschenberg Residency Award winner Patricia Lay-Dorsey! The Book Award winner is Clare Benson. Photolucida is collaborating with Fotofestiwal Lodz (June, 2016) to present the Critical Mass 2015 Top 50 exhibition, curated by Alison Nordström.
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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.


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!