What is PhotoOp?
PhotoOp is an abbreviation for Photo Opportunity. It is often used for staged events when a large gathering of (press) photographers line up to get the same picture. Here it is used a bit tongue-in-cheek. It is hard for any photographer to get a gallery show and PhotoOp is trying to address this in “a democratic photo exhibition” where one and all are welcome to show off their photography.
I signed up, now what?
Great! You did just that. You will receive an e-mail detailing the way forward.
Is there a theme for the exhibition?
No, but if you plan to exhibit more than 1 image (max 3) you might want to show three images on one theme.
Is there a fee to participate in the exhibition?
Yes, We are asking for a contribution of 25 Euros for one weekend or 40 Euros for if you wish to exhibit both weekends exhibiting per exhibitor to cover the costs to rent the gallery etc. Each participant will pay an equal share.
Where will it be?
Korte Vijverberg 2, The Hague.
Right in the Center of the Hague, by Hofvijver and Mauritshuis.
1-3 November and/or 8-10 November 2019.
Can I invite people to the opening party and the show?
Absolutely invite as many friends and family as you wish. This is your moment to show off and shine.
Who is promoting PhotoOp?
You! We ask that you spread the word through your Social Media Channels and invite your friends, their friends, and their friend’s friends……
Once you have paid the 25 (or 40) Euros to participate you will be asked to send one picture 1080 pixels (longest side) to PhotoOp for our website and Social Media. You are encouraged to watermark the picture so people know who you are.
What is offered at the party?
A few short words of welcome and then it is up to you to brag and talk about your picture(s) and buy your friends a round of …… at the bar.
Can I sell my picture(s) at the exhibition?
Sure. Feel free to set a price on your picture and if you sell a picture the money is yours. We would be happy if you buy us a round though 😉
How many pictures can I exhibit?
Up to 3 pictures per photographer. If you book two weekends you may change the pictures between the weekends.
How large can the pictures be?
Minimum 40 x 60 cm (40×40 cm if square) and maximum 70 x 100 cm (80x80cm if square). This includes frames. All images must be printed or displayed with a hard back and hanging devices on the back allowing them to hang on the wire.
How and where do I print/frame/mount my pictures?
After paying and submitting images for promotional web use (photoopeu on Instagram and fb) you are responsible for printing and mounting (framing) your own pictures. At this location, we must use hooks and transparent “wire” to hang the artwork. Each exhibitor will be allocvated one wire equalling 1 meter of wall width. You must also buy your own three hooks for the 2 mm perlon “wire”. Nothing can be directly attached to the walls. You are also responsible for transporting your pictures to and from the gallery.
Print: Wherever you want. HAFO on Wagenstraat (behind Bijenkorf in Chinatown) does it in the shop others may send it out.
Frame: Artifac on Noordwal and EXPO on Spuistraat both have a decent selection. Possibly HEMA or Mediamarkt but not sure for the sizes needed. Then there is, of course, IKEA and a heap of other alternatives.
When will we hang the pictures?
More details will follow
Do I have to name or caption my picture?
No, but we recommend that you stick a note on the image or the frame with your name and contact e-mail if you want to be reachable. If you wish to sell your picture a price is also OK. If you have business cards or flier bring some.
Do I have to hang around during the exhibition?
Of course, we want you to be around for as much as possible of the exhibition opening hours as it is your chance to interact with people who love your photography. You will be required to volunteer for at least two hours during the opening hours in accordance with the roster to be drawn up. The more the merrier as it is your opportunity to mingle and talk photography with colleagues and clients. So don’t miss out!
When do I pick up my picture after the exhibition?
After the official closing. If you cannot pick the pictures up on Sunday please let the gallery know when you will pick them up.
Hope this answers most of your questions. If we missed something let us know.
Henry & Charlie