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They Told Us No. So We Created a Show Of Our Own.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 • Iris Shalev
Photographers risk their lives to get the best shots. A photography has the potential to help you travel in time. Despite these facts, photographers usually have a really hard time when it comes to exhibiting their art in galleries. TBSoPA is determined to show the art galleries that their art is worthy.

Photographers have the gift to make memories and freeze them for eternity. When one looks at a photograph, many times it makes us recall a beautiful moment of our lives. Other times, a photograph can make us travel in time and tells us the story of a moment that has now been frozen forever in that capture. Despite the beauty of this art, some galleries, critics, and even media don't think about photography as worthy of hanging in a museum wall right next to a painting. Consider this quote by Jonathan Jones:

"Photographs can be powerful, beautiful, and capture the immediacy of a moment like nothing else. But they make poor art when hung on a wall like paintings."

Photographers are not foreign to the idea of risking their lives for the perfect shot, but neither are they foreign to the idea of rejection from galleries. Photographic Artist Annie Gonzales says that she had a really hard time trying to wrap her head around the idea that no matter how hard she worked, most of the times she would still get a negative response from galleries and media when she tried to expose her creations to the outside world.

"Not Your Father's Art Show" will be showcasing 11 different photographic artists who have overcome rejection and are willing to prove that their art is worthy to be next to the fine art paintings in the museums.

"After a while, I realized that rejection is not to be associated with failure but with opportunity. The opportunity to evolve and improve on your craft. Today, I consider myself to be a much better artist because of it. And next to my many rejections, I have also accumulated amazing recognition," said Annie Gonzalez.

The event happening this Friday promises to empower photographic artists and to help them understand that rejection is the first step towards success.  

For more information about "Not Your Father's Art Show" happening this Friday afternoon, please visit our website our Facebook event at

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