2014 Curator's Voice Exhibition

The 2014 contest has ended; check back here next year for the 2015 exhibition.

The 2014 exhibition at Modernbook is on display until October 25, 2014.


2014 Theme: "Approaching The Unreal"


For the Third Annual APA SF Curator's Voice Exhibition, we asked Bryan Yedinak & Danny Sanchez of Modernbook Gallery to curate, and then exhibit a selection of international photographers' finest images in their 49 Geary Street Gallery. With many other prestigious photo galleries in the same building, 49 Geary has long been the center of the Northern California Fine Art Photo Gallery community.


Special thanks to Rudi Dundas, APA SF Board Member and Fine Art Committee Chair, as well as former APA SF Chairman Christian Peacock for doing so much to make the Curator's Voice Exhibitions a successful reality.




Modernbook Gallery represents artists that span from emerging to mid-career. Their techniques may fall in the tradition of darkroom practices; venture into the realm of alternative or mixed media; or experiment with digital technology. In addition to the gallery space in the historic 49 Geary gallery building, our publishing division, Modernbook Editions, has published photographic monographs for artists such as Tom Chambers, Fan Ho, Brigitte Carnochan, Fred Lyon, Geir Jordahl, among others. To connect with art enthusiasts, outside the San Francisco Bay Area, Modernbook Gallery remains active in numerous domestic and international art fairs.

ModernBook curators


Bryan Yedinak is the director of Modernbook Gallery (since 1999) and co-publisher of Modernbook Editions (since 2005). He has curated over one hundred gallery exhibitions and published several fine art photographic publications including: Hong Kong Yesterday by Fan Ho; The Mind’s Eye a 50 year retrospective by Jerry Uelsmann, Entropic Kingdom photographs by Tom Chambers, Almost Fiction photographs by Jamie Baldridge. The latest publication is an exhibition catalog for the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) entitled, Staking Claim. In addition, he has exhibited in art fairs in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, London and Basel Switzerland. He received a Bachelors of Fine Art from California State University, Long Beach.


Danny Sanchez is the Gallery Manager at Modernbook Gallery (since 2006). In the past few years, he has had the pleasure to review for PhotoAlliance and Review Santa Fe; judge Photo Central and The Academy of Art Spring Exhibition; serve as a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass; and participate as a panelist for San Francisco Artist Network at Arc Studios & Gallery. Danny is a Bay Area native, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from San Jose State University.





The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be invited to display multiple images (depending upon size) in the Gallery for the exhibition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also each have their own page in the APA SF Curator's Voice Online Gallery, as well as multiple pages in the spectacular Exhibition Catalog. Honorable Mention Artists will show one or more framed image each, which will also be displayed in the Catalog & Online Gallery.

Entries are welcome worldwide, as long as the artist agrees to be responsible for shipping their work to and from the Gallery in time for the exhibition.

Works shown in the Gallery may be offered for sale with a 50% commission to the Gallery. All winning images must be offered for sale.

Images can be submitted in different sizes; Winners should contact the Curator before framing. Honorable Mention artists' images must be no larger than 16" x 20" rectangular format or 18" x 18" square format. Each image in a diptych or triptych counts as a separate image in the series. Diptychs or triptychs cannot count as a single image.

The winners will be given plenty of time to print, frame and deliver their work to the Gallery in San Francisco. All costs of printing and framing are the responsibility of each artist.

However, the Gallery and APA may be able to provide special rates with their framers and printers, which will be offered to the winners upon notification. Prints may be previously framed but must be in black wooden frames for consistency.