Chris Suspect's street photography competition: Festivals, Concerts, Parties (2017/2018)

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Curator of this competition: Chris Suspect

 

 

Chris Suspect

The son of a diplomat, Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian. His street photography work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Germany, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, by Empty Stretch in 2014 and was a featured exhibit in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. In 2015, this same series was exhibited at the Tblisi History Museum in Georgia during the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives. Since 2012 he has been a member of the STRATA photo collective, focussing on street photography and located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.


In this past year, Suspect was named a finalist in the Urban Picnic Street Photography Awards (UK), a finalist in the Miami Street Photography Festival and was shortlisted for the International Street Photography Awards (UK). Locally, he was named the winner of the Washington City Paper’s 2014 Photography Contest. Previously served as a judge for the Miami Street Photography festival during Miami Art Basel (2013), he won Photo District News’ “The Scene” contest for music photography (2013) and received an honorable mention in the Chicago Photographic Society’s first annual street photography contest (2013).


Suspect’s work has recently been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News and on the Leica Camera Blog. He also has published photographs in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, CNN, The Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets in the US, Germany, Canada and Brazil.

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First curator's choice
Congratulations Xenia Zakruzhnykh!

Soul

Soul Soul
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect:This is a really an odd and surprising image. The skeleton feet jump right out at you and you wonder how in the world the photographer turned his camera into an x-ray machine (the big white line across the frame at the bottom seems like it could be the x-ray machine's imaging scanner)! However, it's just not the feet here that make this photograph stand out. On the right we have a woman that looks surprisingly similar to the Virgin Mary, in fact it may be a statue, a painting or one of those religious candle labels. It is really hard to tell. On the left we have a man walking with some kind of white and black make up on. The whole scene evokes the Día de Muertos celebration in Mexico in which people gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. This eerie shot seems to supports those sentiments.

 
 

 

Second curator's choice
Congratulations Anita Palcheska!

flowing rhythm into passion

flowing rhythm into passion flowing rhythm into passion
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect:When I first saw this image I swore I had seen it before, not the exact image but something one of the masters would have taken. I thought about who would have shot something like this, was it a Magnum photographer known for their studies of the ballet? One of the early New York photo-secessionists like Edward Steichen? As it turns out, this image is more similar to the work of Alexey Brodovitch who served as the art director for Harpers Bazaar from the 1930s to the late 50s. In 1945 Brodovitch designed a book of his ballet photographs called "Ballet" and this image seems like it could have fit in, even though it is not an image of a ballet but of dancers perhaps doing the tango.

What makes this image work so well are the geometric forms created by the dancers' limbs. There is a wonderful spiral effect happening just right of the center in which perfectly formed triangles are emanating from. I also love how in the foreground on the far left we have the gentleman's hand on the woman's back. The way his fingers are spread out sort of emulates the legs and arms on the right side of the photograph. For me this is an amazingly composed photo that not only captures the energy of the dancers but also the intricacies of their practice, all while expressing the idea of movement in a still frame.

 
 

 

 

Special Mentions

Congratulations Brice Garcin!
Brasses

Brasses
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: How many horn players can you fit in a photograph? Six apparently (yes, look behind the sax player's left hand. I am pretty sure there is a trumpet back there - in fact, there may be more but it's hard to make out what's happening in some of the shadows)! I love how this photographer chose to use every square inch of his frame, I can almost hear these horns blasting away. I also like how our eyes travel from the foreground with the sax player all around the image to the trombone in the back. Well captured.

 
 

 

Congratulations Stefano Lista!
Untitled

Untitled
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: I like how the subject here seems to be frozen in his own shaft of light, making eye contact with the photographer, while a whirlwind of partygoers fill the left and right shadows in the frame. It is a very cinematic scene reminiscent of a film still that sets a mood for some mystery.

 
 

 

Congratulations Tom Young!
Roppolo's

Roppolo's
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: Here we have a nice street scene of some late night revelers. We have an interesting cast of characters from the guy on the right in the light blue box costume, the guy on the left in the background with the scally cap and black tie, and the girl in the background with the cat in the hat type hat. However the highlight here is the couple in the foreground on the lower left. It looks like she is getting kissed on the cheek while trying to gulp down a big bite of pizza. This is a fun shot that looks like it would fit in perfectly with a series of similar images.

 
 

 

 
 

 

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