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A Juried Exhibition

Wednesday, July 31, 2024


"Of Flesh and Blood" is a juried exhibition that invites photographers to respond to the theme of physicality.


In an age where online experiences often overshadow the tangible human experience, this exhibition places our attention on what truly makes us human. The resulting exhibition will be a photographic survey of what a virtual existence and AI are incapable of ever being; a physical reference, a tactile experience, or a human memory.

Photographers are invited to submit works that capture the raw, unfiltered presence of the human form, the textures of the physical world, what is material or sensory to the human experience, or the dynamic interactions between bodies and spaces. We encourage the use of diverse photographic techniques and processes.


This show is presented by Us for the Arts and juried by Erica Reade and Gaspar Marquez.


This one-night group exhibition will take place on

Wednesday, July 31th, from 6-8 PM

35 Meadow Street Studios, Brooklyn, NY, 11206


*Work submitted will be juried, and selected photographers will be notified by July 17th.




1. Submit up to 5 images that respond to this theme and a short artist statement of 4-5 sentences explaining the images and how they relate to the theme.

2. Submission requisite: 2000px longest side at 72DPI

3. $25 submission fee paid via Zelle to:

4. Please submit images and statements using WeTransfer to:

Photographers are responsible for their own prints and frames. Instructions will be mailed once photographers have been selected. If accepted, an additional $25 participation fee to cover exhibition costs will be due.



Open Call begins June 24th and closes July 10th at midnight

Jury panel meets July 15th 

 Exhibition Participants Announced July 17th

Drop-off of works from July 20th until July 30th


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Erica Reade is a street photographer, arts manager, and social activist based in New York. Her renowned photo book "Beach Lovers," published by Daylight Books (USA),  has garnered international attention from esteemed publications such as The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography, Hyperallergic, ID/Vice, Gothamist, Art Daily, Cultura Inquieta, and L'Œil de la Photographie, among many others. Her monograph was chosen by Leica International as “Book of the Month” in July 2022. 

Erica's work has also been included in photography compilations such as "Love Story," published by Hoxton Mini Press (UK), which has also garnered recognition from publications such as The Times, Why Now, Aesthetica Magazine, and Capture Magazine

As a mentor for The Bridge Program (BKC/ASMP), a teaching artist at Urban Partnership, and a workshop instructor at the International Center of Photography (ICP), Erica has played a pivotal role in developing the next generation of photographers. Her leadership at organizations like Leave Out Violence (LOVE) and the Josephine Herrick Project underscores her dedication to providing a voice to underserved and underrepresented communities through innovative media arts programs.


Erica is also the founder of the Camera of the Month Club, hosted by the emblematic Soho Gallery in Manhattan, which has fostered the talents of over forty New York-based photographers since 2014. She has also collaborated with renowned brands such as Nikon, Lomography, and Adorama and her work is currently collected by The Rockaway Hotel.

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Gaspar's exceptional talent has earned him many international accolades, including Graphis Award, Muse Photography Award, Budapest International Foto Awards, London Photography Award, and Tokyo International Foto Awards, to name a few. His work has been widely featured in prominent media outlets such as Art Daily, Vice, Juxtapoz, Broadway World, The Status Life, Vents Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Widewalls, and Las Vegas Weekly.


His artistic vision and dedication to his craft have also greatly benefited various companies. He has served as an event photographer for Nolcha Shows during New York Fashion Week, captured the elegance of Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi for Arcos Communication, and became the official photographer for Out Loud Hudson Valley's show "Witch Perfect," starring RuPaul's Drag Race Queen and Emmy-Award winner, Tina Burner.


Gaspar Marquez is a fine art and boudoir photographer celebrated for his collaborations with prestigious publications such as NAKID Magazine, Style Cruze, Malvie Dominante, and Vigour. His captivating work has graced numerous esteemed arts spaces and events, including the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, Rabbithole Studios in Brooklyn, Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas, Soho Photo Gallery in New York, photoMIAMI Fair, and the Tubac Center for the Arts in Arizona, among others.

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