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Curator’s Choice: CMA Photo Hunts Round 2

Catherine Evans, our William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, has selected some of her favorite CMA Photo Hunt submissions out of the hundreds of great entries tagged so far from Round 2. See what she chose from the Community, Pride and Contrast assignments, and why they work so well.

Our CMA Photo Hunt assignments are inspired by our The Radical Camera exhibition and the Photo League, a group of young photographers from the 1930s-1950s who took to the streets with their cameras just as photography was becoming recognized as an art. Their ranks including some of the most well-known photographers of the early to mid-20th century including W. Eugene Smith, Weegee, Lisette Model, Berenice Abbott, Aaron Siskind, Arthur Leipzig, and more.

Catherine’s ultimate favorites from the CMA Photo Hunts will be on display in our Community Gallery this fall.


The little girl appears to have emerged out of a misty alien landscape in this surreal expression of community. The filter only enhances the atmosphere of this scene in this photograph by Rebecca (@reblyen).


In this shot by Taker of Photos people are scattered throughout the frame of the photograph with a slight aerial perspective. You can still read the individuals within the group, and the heart in the center is a subtle punctuation mark.


A charming and energetic view of a small community on parade from Nick Carron (@urbancurse). The leader in red animates the procession in full stride, while the van remains static in the background.



In this photograph by Liz Celeste (@mamawooste), pride is interpreted in a jar of pickles. A subject not often photographed is elevated to the status of an Old Master still life.


In this moving portrait of a veteran by @faytlefoto, black and white gives the subject a kind of gravitas. The creases of his face are elegantly reiterated in the folds of his shirt.


This view from the back makes the viewer a participant. The flag askew in the subject’s hair is a poignant detail in this photograph from Taker of Photos.


Black and white. Male and female. Priest and nun. Contrast abounds in in this shot from Mitchell (@cbusgodfather).


This study in garish color by Tim Courlas (@durtball) demonstrates contrast in an unexpected, stylized way.


This photograph by Rebecca (@reblyen) offers an emphatic example of contrast from a worm’s eye view. The light and sliver of space between the buildings give dimension to this Columbus architectural gem.

Can’t wait to see what everyone submits for the last three assignments.

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Catherine Evans, CMA’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography


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About Jennifer Poleon

CMA's Digital Communications Manager, writer, artist, traveler, film fanatic and local foods lover, former magazine editor turned arts professional, and creator of the CMA Photo Hunt Project
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