Amateur and professional photographers from all of New Jersey and surrounding areas are invited to participate in the Hunterdon Retail Photo Project.
The goal of this project (April 2019) is to generate a collection of photos by many different photographers that express and document locally owned retail stores throughout Hunterdon County.
“Local retail is the heart of our small towns. Malls, big box stores and on-line shopping are convenient but lack the character and culture of the small town and countryside stores,” said Bill Brokaw, director of The Photographers Group, which is running the project. “We’ll be creating a historic archive of local retail as it exists now, in 2019.”
During the month of April, project photographers will explore and capture images of locally owned retail stores throughout Hunterdon County. These include all kinds of stores from hardware stores to mini marts.
Entries will be juried by a panel of professional photojournalists, and the best photos selected for a major exhibition at the Red Mill Historic Village and Museum in Clinton, N.J. Additional showings are proposed, including an exhibition at the State House in Trenton. A Kickstarter campaign will also be launched to raise funds to produce a book.
“This is an opportunity for photographers to create photos for a purpose, be recognized and leave a legacy,” said Brokaw. “All the photos that are submitted, whether selected for exhibition or not, will become part of a digital historic archive to be retained by the Red Mill for future generations. One hundred years from now people will be looking back on our photos and seeing how the culture has evolved.”
Participation is open to all photographers, professional and amateur. For project guidelines and to register visit brokawphotography.com/hunterdon-retail-2019
. Registration ends March 21.