passporte prize FOR SURREAL PHOTOGRAPHY honoring MAN RAY

October 16, 2017




Julia Wilson



Lynette Miller

We are proud to announce the winners and selections by our Juror Sarah Sudhoff for the Passporte Prize for Surreal Photography Honoring Man Ray 2017:

  • Juror's Award: Julia Wilson
  • Director's Award: Lynette Miller
  • Honorable Mentions: Sandra Bacchi, Jake Lee, Wen Hang Lin, Marcie Rich, Jerry Wein

Congratulations to the photographers selected for the Passporte Prize for Surreal Photography exhibition. These images transcend reality and convention, drawing the mind’s eye to look again, to reconsider the ordinary by giving exposure to layers of implication that lie beyond the surface of their compositions. Each photographer achieves this with their particular technique and artistry, creating images that range from the playful to the disturbing, each one, thought-provoking. - Editors

Juror's Statement
As a juror, I always start by looking for the most interesting content that is supported by strong composition and sound technical skill. Second, I select images that uniquely investigate the theme – everything from digital constructs to existing realities. I've long admired the work of Gregory Crewdson, Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor-Wood, Adam Fuss, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tokihiro Sato, and Georges Rousse among other artists who construct engaging narratives through lighting, perspective and props. 

The works chosen for the 2017 Passporte Prize for Surreal Photography successfully employed a range of techniques, however it was the quirkiness, vulnerability, and disorientation of the top images that resonated most with me. - Sarah Sudhoff


The Passporte Prize Call for Entry is an opportunity for photographers to showcase their work around particular themes. Juried by renowned curators, photo editors, gallerists and photographers, the Passporte Prize helps photographers gain crucial experience with juried shows and develop their exhibition resumes.


Passporte Prize for Surreal Photography Honoring Man Ray
Surreal images range from the impossible to an overlap of, and possibly a collision between, the real and the imaginary. They sustain a tension that challenges the viewer to think beyond reason and obvious calculation. The viewer is invited to decipher metaphor and delve into dreamscapes, to draw meaning or simply to ponder a fantastic, irrational moment.

For this group exhibition, we seek photographs that draw the viewer into an experience beyond the explicable and the ordinary. We are open to your personal vision of this theme.


Sarah Sudhoff
Sarah Sudhoff is a fine-art photographer based in Texas and was the owner of Capsule Gallery. She has previously headed the Houston Center for Photography and was co-founder of  the Austin Center for Photography.  Sarah is a former photo editor of Time magazine and Texas Monthly magazine, and has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University and the Art Institute of San Antonio, among others. 

Sarah holds an MFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City as well as a Bachelors in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has won multiple grants including a recent Houston Arts Alliance and a Louis Comfort Tiffany and awards for her photography, and has had many solo exhibitions.