2018 Critical Mass Top 50!

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Critical Mass

CRITICAL MASS 2019 registration has closed!
Finalists will be announced/notified last week of August.

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 awards include:
The Michael Reichmann Project Grant Award - Three $1000 cash grants awarded for project development
Blue Sky Solo Show Award
Robert Rauschenberg Residency Award
Publication in GUP International Photography Magazine
Critical Mass TOP 50 Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, California - curated by Elizabeth Avedon)

Photolucida is pleased to award scholarships to Critical Mass to MFA program photography students - thank you to the faculty members who gave us nominations!

Congratulations to Critical Mass 2018 award winners: Laura Stevens (CAMPO Residency Award), Stephan Hillerbrand + Mary Magsamen, (Robert Rauschenberg Residency Award), and Noah Addis (Blue Sky Solo Show Award). Plus the Golden Ticket winners (Photolucida's Reviews event)!
Mila Teshaieva

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!