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Family Pictures — Call for Submissions

Family Pictures — Call for Submissions

Family Pictures

Photographers Photographing Their Own Families

Candela Books + Gallery is currently seeking photographs made by photographers photographing their own families for our next book project.

We are looking for images that evoke intimacy, love, frustration, humor, absurdity, the ordinary as well as the extraordinary…

Photographs of your family life.

Photographs of your children, your siblings, your parents.

Photographs of your lovers.

Even if this type of photographic work is not what you are known for, we want to see your family images if the photos are emotionally charged, if there is hilarity, if there is love, aging, sex, ritual, celebration, coming of age, sisters, brothers, grandparents, if there are tears or anxiety or loss.

Generation by generation, it seems we are all made of the same stuff. Mothers from everywhere recognize what it means to hold their children for the first time. Grown children everywhere recognize what it means to see your parents slowing down. Many of us are parents and children and lovers simultaneously. Our bodies are changing, mortality swirls around us, our children are the echoes of our loved ones.  Really, we have but a short time to kick up a little dust before it eventually settles back over us.  Let us have a look at you and your people.

Please send your questions, your website links or images to:

Gordon Stettinius


We know photographers love to procrastinate with deadlines BUT the sooner you get your work to us, the better.   We expect to include the work of as many as 40 photographers, with some photographers having a small selection of works.  So, the deadline is open for the moment but we will be into the final editing sometime around Summer of 2016.

Copies of the book will be given to those who are included in this project and there will be an exhibition to celebrate the finished book, when a selection of images from the book will be exhibited at Candela Books + Gallery, located in a recently renovated building in the Downtown Arts District of Richmond, Virginia.

Many thanks!



Gordon Stettinius

Candela Books + Gallery

214 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220


Announcing… Subject to Change, Opening March 4th



Lisa Kokin, Forget-Me-Knot, 2000. 51″ x 35″ Mixed media sewn found photo collage.

The notion of objects having a soul is an old one and is perhaps a bit romantic.  But the intangible presence which objects possess is nearly inarguable.  Imperfections can signal appreciation or neglect, unusual provenance, or even historical import.  Just how does an artist respond to a given object – with emotion or with intellect or with intuition?  These ideas are what we hope to examine in this exhibition.

Subject to Change centers around seven artists who use traditional photographic processes to revive lost or discarded everyday objects. Each appropriated piece offers it’s own course in which to channel history, precipitating new stories through a range of alternative processes including wet plate collodion, silver gelatin prints, image transfers on film, collage, and 3-D mixed media objects.


K.K. DePaul, Only Child (from the series Only Child), 2014. 18″ x 24″ Unique mixed media.

The works on view bring together a wide range of personal effects that include lost possessions, family tokens, found objects, collected memorabilia, and rescued belongings; In this collection of contemporary works, each artist has modified and redefined interpretation, setting up new manifestations, each with a redefined impact, now waiting for the appreciation of a new audience. Exploring multiple familiar themes — of love, of loss, of relationships, of mystery – Subject to Change brings new interpretations to the familiar objects around us.

Participating artists: David Emitt Adams, K.K. DePaul, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Lisa Kokin, Tarrah Krajnak, Rachel Phillips, and Kris Sanford.

The exhibition will open Friday, March 4th, from 5-9pm.


David Emitt Adams, Seven Hours Until Sundown (from the series Conversations with History), 11″ x 9″ x 5″ Tintype on found object.
Kris Sanford, Polka Dots (from the series Through the Lens of Desire), 2015. 10″ x 10″ Archival inkjet print.


Rachel Phillips, Divination By Mirror (from the series Divination), 2016. 2.5″ x 4.25″ Unique transfer to original cabinet card.



Tarrah Krajnak, Hambre (from the series 1979), 2014. 24″ x 36″ Archival pigment print.
Heidi Kirkpatrick, Mother, 2001. 5.5″ x 5.75″ x 1.75″ Unique film positive on vintage book.


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Announcing Andreas Rentsch: Experiments in Time



Andreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” from Entangled with Justice, 2009, unique, toned type 55 polaroid negative, 4″ x 5″

Candela Books + Gallery is pleased to present Andreas Rentsch: Experiments in Time, a comprehensive view of Rentsch’s photographic career.

Andreas Rentsch is a New York based photographer who deliberately challenges conventional approaches to photography. Though Rentsch’s works exemplify the literal definition of photography, ‘writing with light,’ his emphasis on experimentation and chance yields an innovative hybrid of analog photography, uncertainty, and performance art.

Rentsch’s work is cerebrally tethered to themes of justice and empathy, informed by his childhood experiences growing up the son of a warden on a prison compound in Switzerland. In his more recent series, Entangled with Justice, Rentsch performs in front of the camera; using his own figure, though unrecognizable, to create narratives depicting the unjust treatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib as well as public unrest in Afghanistan. Rentsch relies upon the random development and decay of Polaroid Type 55 film to reference the uncertain nature of human existence and emphasize the cruelty and vulnerability of incarceration.

Rentsch received his MFA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University. He is the recipient of several major awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and Polaroid Artists Support Grant. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Polaroid Collection; the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY; Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium; Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; Museet for Fotokunst in Odensee, Denmark; the Swiss Foundation of Photography in Winterhur, Switzerland; the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany; and the Foundation Gianada, in Martigny, Swizterland. Rentsch is an educator who taught at the International Center of Photography in New York from 2004 to 2015. Today, he resides in Huntington, NY and teaches photography at Mount Ida College near Boston.

Experiments in Time will be on view at Candela Gallery from January 8 – February 20, 2016.

Preview Reception & Artist Talk will take place on Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5-8 pm. The Public Opening Reception will take place on Friday, January 8, 2016, 5-9pm. 

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03 copyAndreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” from the Figure series2002, unique, type 55 polaroid print, 4″ x 5″

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Andreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” 2002, unique, type 55 polaroid print, 4″ x 5″


Andreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” from Entangled with Justice, 2009, unique, toned type 55 polaroid negative, 4″ x 5″

New Book Release! Direct Positive by Willie Anne Wright


Direct Positive: Willie Anne Wright
Release Date: November 2015
Essays by Denise Bethel & Dr. Sarah Eckhardt
Poem by Susan Hankla
Design by Jeff Louviere

Hardcover: 96 pages, 54 color plates
Dimensions: 9.75 x 11.25 in.
Publisher: Candela Books
ISBN: 978-0-9845739-5-0-55000

Midlothian, Virginia Still Life with Richard’s Road #4, 8.08.1981Willie Anne Wright, “Midlothian, Virginia: Still Life with Richard’s Road #4,” 8.08.1981. 8” x 10” Pinhole photograph

About The Book

Candela Books is pleased to announce our sixth book release, Direct Positive, with Richmond, Virginia native and fine art photographer, Willie Anne Wright. This new release is scheduled for November 2015 and will be accompanied with an exhibition at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Wright, began her career as a painter. Beginning in the 1970s, her focus shifted to pinhole photography as her primary medium. Direct Positive explores Wright’s innovative use of Cibachrome color material and her production of unique direct positive images. Strangely saturated color, visual distortion and vibrant ideas gave rise to these beautiful and insistent objects.

The artist embraced the unexpected while blending older techniques with diverse contemporary motifs. This one-of-a-kind collection portrays Wright’s mystic journey through pinhole photography. Darkly beautiful in one photograph and then startlingly emotional in the next, each image is unexpected and impactful.

Richmond, Virginia Self Portrait with Pinhole CamerasRichmond, Virginia: Self Portrait with Pinhole Cameras

About The Artist

Willie Anne Wright, a Richmond, Virginia native, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also studied photography at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Maine and the Visual Studies Workshops in Rochester, New York. Her paintings, serigraphs and drawings were exhibited widely until 1972 when pinhole photography became her primary creative medium.

Among the institutions that have acquired her photography are the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, Virginia; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida; High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama; Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia; University of Maine, Bangor, Maine; University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, Virginia; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; and the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pawley’s Island, South Carolina Nancy by the Ocean, 4.28.1983Willie Anne Wright, “Pawley’s Island, South Carolina: Nancy by the Ocean,” 4.28.1983. 8″ x 10″ Pinhole photograph

About The Writers

Denise Bethel, formerly Chairman of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s, Inc., spent over three decades in the photographs auction business in New York, where she set world records for artists ranging from Southworth & Hawes and Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston and Diane Arbus. A Richmond native, she holds a B. A. from Hollins College, Virginia, and an M. A. from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where her second year was funded by a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts graduate fellowship. She is now an independent advisor, writer, and lecturer based in New York City.

Dr. Sarah Eckhardt is the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her department is responsible for the museum’s early twentieth century European holdings as well as the mid-to-late twentieth-century and twenty-first century collections, including photography and the sculpture garden. She received her B.A. from Valparaiso University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was awarded a Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship.

Susan Hankla is a poet and short storywriter from southwest Virginia. Her published works have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, New Virginia Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and in numerous chapbooks and poetry collections. She has been a recipient of the Virginia Prize for Fiction from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and at the Robert Frost Poetry Festival in Franconia, N.H.. She has taught at the Virginia Museum Studio School, University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Pre-Order Today!

The first copies of Direct Positive should be shipping around the time of the Book Release in November 2015, and the Direct Positive exhibition at Candela Books + Gallery, opening on November 5th, 2015.

Announcing Louviere + Vanessa: Resonantia


Announcing… UnBound4!

JULY 3 – AUGUST 1, 2015

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Candela Books + Gallery is honored and delighted to present UnBound4!, its annual summer invitational and juried exhibition. This years UnBound4! will feature photography and photobooks from 50 artists – including emerging artists as well as established artists boasting national and international reputations.

As always, the public is invited to join us for an opening reception on Friday, July 3rd from 5-9 pm to view an array of the best and brightest in the photographic community.

Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to those selected. 2015’s UnBound4! will include:

Ben Altman Rachel Boillot Shane Booth Nadine Boughton Thomas Bouquin Mike Brodie Mat Brutger Shannon Castleman Larry Chait Troy Colby Whitney Cole Marguerite Courtney Lisa DiLillo Benjamin Dimmitt Antone Dolezal Daniel Duarte Jeri Eisenberg Tsar Fedorsky Andrew Fedynak Preston Gannaway Frank Hamrick Jackie Heitchue Jeff Jacobson Susan Keiser Cheryl Koralik Stacy Kranitz Danica O. Kus Peter Brown Leighton Joshua Meier Clark James Mishler Brittany Nelson Lydia Panas Ottavio Di Paolo Lori Pond Jessica Eve Rattner Justin James Reed Suzanne Révy Holly Roberts Alyssa Salomon Christopher Selleck Paul Shambroom Lara Shipley Robert Shults Liz Steketee S. Gayle Stevens David Trautrimas Robert Walz Claire A. Warden Angela Franks Wells Joshua White


To kick off the summer exhibition, Candela will host a gala event, on July 11th from 7 to 11 pm. Since its inaugural Unbound! event in 2012, Candela’s annual gala has served as a way to celebrate photography and to build the Candela Collection. Proceeds from the gala are used to purchase select photographic works for this collection from the UnBound! exhibition itself. Candela Gallery will eventually pursue opportunities to donate these works to notable art institutions locally and nationally.

Each year, Candela is heartened by the outpouring of support and overall enthusiasm of the event. Its unique efforts generate opportunities and exposure for participating artists.

2015’s UnBound4! gala event will feature beer & wine, music from the Richmanian Ramblers, mouthwatering back alley chicken, and anything else we come up with by then. Mostly it’s going to be a great summer party in the midst of amazing photography!

Event tickets ($40) will be sold in advance and at the door.
Raffle tickets ($10) will also be available in advance and at the event.

More information on the event to come! But feel free to email or call us with questions or to buy tickets in advance. 804.225.5527

Announcing Daniel Leivick’s Heliopolis

MAY 1 – JUNE 20, 2015

Announcing Peripheral Vision

MARCH 6 – APRIL 18, 2015 (more…)

Announcing Cristina De Middel’s Five Stories

JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 21, 2015 (more…)

Mangini Studio at Page Bond Gallery