Open Call for Submission to Image Object Exhibition vol. 2 (IO-2) : Contemporary Daguerreotype Exhibition

Aug 16 - Sep 10, 2021

Open Call for Submission to Image Object Exhibition vol. 2 (IO-2) : Contemporary Daguerreotype Exhibition

Aug 16 - Sep 10, 2021


IO-2(Image Objects Exhibition vol. 2): Contemporary Daguerreotypes Japan—Exhibition + International Symposium


Open Call for Submission to Image Object Exhibition vol. 2 (IO-2) : Contemporary Daguerreotype Exhibition


About the Exhibition

The Exhibition Care: In an Age of Uncertainty is an open-submission juried exhibition that considers anyone who practices daguerreotype process. At the dawn of photography in the nineteenth century, daguerreotype served as the means to secure memories of loved ones, as well as one’s own likeness, for generations to come. The modern ability to instantly share photos is an extension of the same determination that produced those old family albums and portraits. The ongoing crisis caused by the pandemic has served as a reminder of how precious—and fleeting—life truly is. Our wish is to recapture photography’s potential as a physical container of individuals’ memories, especially during these trying times. The theme of this exhibition, “Care,” is meant to be open-ended and freely interpreted. We hope this exhibition will inspire widely a sense of life and vitality in the face of current global struggles.


—Contemporary Daguerreotypes Japan Committee

Takashi Arai (Artist/Film Director)



Click HERE to see the results of the open call.


IO-2: Image Objects Exhibition vol.2 official website


Venue and Dates

October 8 – November 16, 2021(Subject to change due to COVID regulations)

Monday to Saturday:11:00-18:00/Closed: Sundays and National Holidays, except for November 7

PGI TKB Building 3F, 2-3-4 Higashiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Please ring 3F doorbell to enter)


Supported by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)






About Contemporary Daguerreotypes Japan and IO-2(Image Objects Exhibition vol. 2)

Contemporary Daguerreotypes ( was an online collective of twenty-first-century daguerreotypists formed by Alan Bekhuis of New Zealand in 2008. In 2012, Bekhuis and the collective organized IO-1(Image Objects Exhibition vol.1) at the Penumbra Foundation, New York, featuring thirty-three daguerreotypists from sixteen countries. In 2020, with around eighty individuals from twenty countries as its members, the site ceased updating. It was a hub for discussing the medium and sharing technical information that provided an invaluable resource for those interested in the process. IO-2 aims to build upon the foundations laid by Bekhuis and reinvigorate the community with another outstanding international event.


Theme for Submissions

A single daguerreotype or one series of combined works that inspired by the idea of “Care”


Criteria for Submissions

We welcome entries from anyone who makes daguerreotypes. Submissions are open to all and will not be chosen on the basis of the photographer’s status, including age, nationality, or experience.


– The work must employ daguerreotype as a medium.
– Each submission can be a single daguerreotype or one series of combined works.

– The award recipients will be asked to use an international shipper designated by the organizing committee (such as FedEx) to arrive at the venue in Tokyo between the dates September 15 and 25, 2021. The works will be returned swiftly after the exhibition closes. Contemporary Daguerreotypes Japan Committee will pay for the shipping to and from the venue.


– The award winners must agree to have their work reproduced in the press releases and on social media platforms of PGI and the Contemporary Daguerreotypes Japan Committee and must provide digital files for that purpose, free of charge.

– The work must not infringe on any third party’s rights (copyrights, trademarks, portrait rights, etc.). If the submitted work contains the copyrighted work or other rights of a third party, prior approval must be obtained from the third party.


What Winners Receive

Four winners will be exhibited in the group show Care: In an Age of Uncertainty at PGI, a prominent photography gallery in Tokyo, and are awarded cash prizes, as noted below. Shipping expenses to and from Tokyo, the equivalent of 80,000 to 90,000 JPY, will be covered by the comittee. The winners are also featured across social media channels. In addition, a small selection of honorable mentions will be awarded an online exhibition and will be featured on social media.


1 Grand Prize:70,000 JPY

3 Semi- Grand Prizes:25,000 JPY

1 Irving Pobboravsky Prize:25,000 JPY

Honorable Mentions re awarded to a selected few submissions that will be featured in an online presentation


Entry Fee

4,000 JPY (excluding transaction/bank wire fees)

Entry Fees will be collected via PayPal

Multiple works/series may be entered by the same artist; however, each individual entry will require a separate payment of the Entry Fee.


Submission Schedule and Deadlines

Announcement of submission criteria: August 6, 2021 (Friday)

Start of application: August 16, 2021 (Monday)

Submission deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021, by 23:59 Japan time

Announcement of results: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (tentative)


Selection Process

The Selection Committee will review and judge submissions.

Results will be notified to each applicant by e-mail after September 15, 2012.


The Selection Committee

Anne E. Havinga (Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair of Photography, Senior curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Jerry Spagnoli (Daguerreotypist)

Mike Robinson (Daguerreotypist)

Sayaka Takahashi (Director, PGI Gallery)



How to Enter

Send the submission fee of 4,000JPY to the following PayPal account.


Upon receipt of your payment, we will send the online form and uploading instructions.

If you do not have a PayPal account and would like to discuss payment methods, please contact us by email:


In the online form, you will be required to register the following information.



_Address ( City, Country )

_Phone number


_Date of birth

_Title of work

_Year of creation

_Size (plate size, frame size if framed)

_Short statement (maximum 400 English words)

_Image of the work (Format: Jpeg / Size: less than 3000pix on the long side / maximum 10 images)

  Digital data (JPEG or PDF) that shows the entire image of the submitted work

  For video data, please upload a file with a link to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.


All Personal information will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose of contacting the applicant for the purpose of this program.



Contemporary Daguerreotypes Japan Committee