The 2023 Paula Riff Award
The Paula Riff Award was created by the Center of Photographic Art and Lenscratch in 2021 as a way to celebrate and continue the legacy of artist Paula Riff. Paula was an innovator, using lensless photography and historical processes to create objects of remarkable beauty.
The Award is open to artists whose art is challenging conventional photography through work that reflects the artist’s hand, either based on the historical/alternative photographic processes or with physical intervention through cutting, sewing, etc.
Deadline to apply: June 1, 2023
One artist will receive $1000 and have their work featured on Lenscratch and on the Center for Photographic Art website. Winners will be announced on July 29, Paula’s birthday.
1. 5-10 images
- All images must be jpegs or tiffs, not bigger than 2MB, longest side 1280 pixels
- Save files with artist’s last name, first name and title of image
- Example: Smith_Jane_Restless1.jpg
2. Image List which includes type of print, medium, process
3. Bio, please include contact info on this document: email and phone number
4. Artist Statement
5.Place all items in a single folder labeled with your last name. Then zip (compress) it and upload that zipped file.
Douglas Marshall is the owner and director of Marshall Gallery in Santa Monica, California, established in 2019. The gallery works to promote the work of emerging and mid-career artists working in process-driven, photo-based approaches, with an emphasis on printmaking craftsmanship and conceptual innovation. The gallery seeks to expand the conversation about photography’s ever-evolving place in contemporary art and its role in shaping our collective memory. Prior to working independently, Marshall was the Director for Peter Fetterman Gallery (2012-2017) where he executed nearly sixty exhibitions and international art fairs exhibiting renowned photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Michael Kenna and Steve McCurry among many others. Marshall’s curatorial interests today focus on emerging artist’s whose photographic projects blend with other media such as painting, installation, sculpture and digital art.
About Paula Riff
Paula Riff was a Los Angeles based artist known for creating one of a kind camera-less photographic works on paper that embrace bold colors, form and design. She combined the historical processes of cyanotype and gum bichromate allowing her a physical and intimate relationship with the materials that she used to push the boundaries of the medium while considering themes of abstraction and the natural world.
Her work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Award in 2018 and 2019, and she was a 2018 finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women in the Alternative Process Category. Paula also received the Museum Purchase Award at the Medium Photo Festival in 2019. Her work has appeared in numerous museums, galleries, publications, and exhibitions throughout the U.S and internationally, and is also held in private collections.