Critical Mass 2013: Awards!

–> Photolucida is pleased to announce the 2013 Critical Mass awards! It’s a big year! A hearty congratulations to all of our Critical Mass 2013 award winners!


This year, Photolucida has partnered with three wonderful photography venues to offer solo exhibitions to Critical Mass Finalists. Photolucida is also pleased to award each selected photographer with a stipend to support exhibition expenses. We are very happy to help further the work of these three fantastic photographers. Without further ado, the solo exhibition award winners are:

Brandon Thibodeaux “When Morning Comes”

Brandon Thibodeaux at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA)
‘When Morning Comes’ is Brandon Thibodeaux’s three-year exploration of life in the Mississippi Delta. While this work makes specific reference to the rural black experience, Thibodeaux reminds us that themes of faith, identity, and perseverance are common to us all. What started as a personal redemptive journey ends up illustrating the unwavering nature of the human spirit.

Jamey Stillings “The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar”

Jamey Stillings at the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO)
‘The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar’ is an essay that grows from Jamey Stillings’ enduring interest in human-altered landscapes, particularly those at the intersections of nature and human activity. These intersections hold great visual, philosophical, environmental and political energy, as they urge one to ponder our individual and collective relationship to the world.

Patricia Galagan “Objects of Desire”
Patricia Galagan at Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR)

Patricia Galagan’s images taken in Havana, Cuba show portraits of people paired with something they love – a spouse, a friend, a pastime, a namesake, a room, a memory. In making this series of portraits, Galagan looks for a thing that sustained each person in their lives and tried to show something about the relationship between the person and their object of desire.


Houston Center for Photography

All Critical Mass Top 50 winners will be included in a traveling exhibition curated by George Eastman House’s Jessica Johnston. Jessica is hard at work now curating a beautiful show that will include one piece from each Top 50 artist.

The venues for this year’s Top 50 Traveling Exhibition are:

Corden | Potts Gallery (San Francisco, CA): March 2014

Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX): May 2014

Critical Mass Top 50 photographers will also be included in Photo-Eye’s Art Photo Index, a global, searchable database of vetted art and documentary photographers. The Art Photo Index is a fantastic resource for curators around the world. Inclusion in the database is a wonderful way for Top 50 photographers to gain more valuable exposure, now and into the future.

Congratulations to all and a heartfelt thanks to our collaborative partners!