TEN is designed to place photographic images in context. A photograph seen out of context must explain its full meaning in isolation. A photograph seen in context of the circumstances or events that form the environment within which it was taken - can be appreciated at a different level entirely.

Members of the Society were invited to submit 10 images preceded by their own word-based guiding principles summarising the environment within which the photographs were taken. All members of the Society and an extensive list of invited guest judges from the international photographic art world then reviewed all work within context. Authors remained anonymous throughout this process and only the ten highest voted panels of work were included in the Society's book "T E N". The book unfolds as a continuous series of approximately 19 meters.

The Johannesburg launch exhibition occurred on 23 November 2006 at the Premises Gallery / Civic Theatre.

GUEST JUDGES


The Guest Judges involved in selecting the chosen TEN photographers include:

ANN PALLESEN


Gallery Director of the Photographic Center Northwest Gallery (Seattle, Washington). Ann received her BFA in photography from Colorado State University in 1993 and has curated over 100 exhibitions.

CHARLOTTE COTTON


Head of Cultural Programmes at Art + Commerce in New York. Previously, she was Head of Programming at The Photographers' Gallery in London. A former Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

DARIUS HIMES


Adjunct Professor of Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe and the editor of the photo-eye Booklist, a nationally recognized publication devoted to the fine-art photography book community.

GUY TILLIM


Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner 2005 for his "Jo'burg" series. Tillim's photographs have become increasingly recontextualised as art object within the space of the artbook and gallery. His publications include Departure (2002), Leopold and Mobutu (2004), Jo'burg (2005) and Petros Village (2006).

GEMMA HART CORSANO


New York based photographer, curator and photo director of Topic Magazine and Bene Magazine

JASON FULFORD


A graphic designer, photographer as well as an artist, Fulford is the author of three books, Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003) and "Raising Frogs for $$ (2006)". Jason's work is collected and exhibited around the globe. His photographs have also graced the covers of books published by virtually every major publishing house.

JO RACTLIFFE


Jo's work has exhibited and is represented in collections across the globe, including The South African National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

JOAO SILVA


Award-winning photojournalist contracted to the NY Times, Co-author of The Bang Bang Club (2002) and In the Company of God (2005).

JOHN MORGAN


Head of the John Morgan Studio in London, who are responsible for numerous award winning design projects including work for Hamilton's Gallery for Helmut Newton, Huger Foote, and Andy Warhol.

KARTHY COMFORT SKEAD


Michael Stevenson Gallery Director - previously curator of Photography and New Media at the South African National Gallery.

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