Color Balance

Photography has danced with imperialism, racism, and sexism since it’s invention. Even color film held inherent biases against darker skin tones up until the 1990s. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of photographs depicting people of color  — but few have been made by us, to tell our stories from our perspectives.

Photography’s power is derived from the camera’s ability to closely mirror the world as the artist sees it. For that reason, representation matters behind the lens most of all. The work featured Color Balance was created by female-identifying photographers of color who are taking ownership of internal and external narratives through the meaningful act of imagemaking.

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School's Out for the Summer

Featuring work by Hannah Altman, Anna Brody, Shauna Caldwell, Ariane Crummer, Chelsea Darter, Lucy Deverall, Sarah Eckstine, Joy Hart, Annie Hodgkins, Rachel Jessen, Epiphany Knedler, Ashley Kouri, Raven Moffett, Leah Monsour, Abbi Newfeld, Kristen Roles, Ioanna Sakellaraki, Abigail Smith, Morgan Stephenson, Angelique Strachan, Sam Wrigglesworth. 

curated by Melissa Kreider

For Don't Smile's first show of it's third year, I wanted to seek work made by women who are currently pursuing or have graduated with (in May 2018) an undergraduate or graduate degree with a focus in photography. I am deeply impressed with all of the submissions received and I'm excited to present to you work that is from a fresh perspective!

Chelsea Darter received the award for Curator's Choice in this show. She was awarded $200 from the submission fees of School's Out for the Summer to continue making her work. Check out the individual feature of her work here.


Curated by Davìda Carta

Featuring work by Phillipa Bloom, Jennie Castle, Elisabetta Cociani, Ginger Cook, Deanna Dikeman, Carissa Dorson , Luar Klinghofer Bar Dov, Amber Eckersley, Kristen Emack, Sara Fahling, Sarah Fields, Jezabeth Gonzalez, Leah Gose, Jamie Ho, Frances Jakubek, Karolina Kase, Epiphany Knedler, Parvathi Kumar, Sara Mcingvale, Kristen McNevins, Sarah Malakoff, Jennifer Mawson, Cristina Rivera, Erika Roa, Karina Rocco, Jesse Shamon, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Shannon Smith, Morgan Stephenson, Sammy Sweeney, Fiona Szende, Amy Avishai Thompson, Mallory Trecaso, Charlotte Woolf

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Not For The Faint Of Heart

Curated by Rachael Banks

Featuring work by Madeline Cass, Ally Christmas, Krista Darling, Lucy Deverall in collaboration with Kasey Clarke, Sara Fields, Lindsay Godin, Ashley Goodwin, Ani Kington, Emma Kisiel, Megan Lynch, Rebecca Memoli, Nicole Norman, Julia Rowinski, Htet San, Kate Truisi, Sloane Volpe, and Clare Welsh.

Don't Smile was able to donate $415 to Safe Place, which provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need using the submission fees collected for this exhibition. 

The Female Gaze: Portraits

Curated by Ashley Kauschinger 

Featuring work from MaryAnna Allison, SarahAnn Austin, Rachel Barrett, Anne Berry, Sarah Belclaire, Yael Ben-Zion, Anna Brody, Kelly Burgess, Emily Chiavelli, Ginger Cook, Scarlett Coten, Helen Criales, Adrienne Defendi, Jen Ervin, Britten Leigh, Allison Jarek, Sarah Iazure, Gabby Jones, Rachel Jump, Morganna McGee, Lydia Panas, Greta Pratt, Tara Rice, Nadia Sablin, Nicole Schwartz, Stephanie Shively, Shannon Smith, Azalea Rodriquez, Carolina Sandretto, Erin Tokarz, Emily Wiethorn, Ariel Lone Williams, Emily Yang, Rana Young, and Li Zhang.

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Self-portraiture by Sama Alshaibi, Melissa Chu, Vivian Fu, Sarah Maple, Hayley Shasteen, Agnieszka Sosnowska, Stacey Tyrell, and Emily Wiethorn

Our Open Road

Our Open Road is a reaction to the Aperture Foundation's The Open Road (2015), which is a breathtaking publication. However, the book features only a few women (long live Justine Kurland and Inge Morath). Our Open Road features 11 women making work about the American landscape or traveling cross country...because women take road trips and photograph the land too. 

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Featuring work from Lois Bielefeld, Nancy Floyd, Laurel Golio, and Pixy Liao.

There have always been women who reject traditional gender roles and conquer male-dominated fields or reimagine social mores (Hello-Boudica? The Trung Sisters?). Crashers aims to combine the work of women who make photographs about badass ladies in “unfeminine” roles, explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships, and study the complexities of gender identity.  

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