The Perimeter of the World



Chester Ng

I found an old journal with a map of Naxos taped to the front. Inside the cover is one phrase written in my tiny scrawl: “The diffused edge of the world.” Also inside, two Polaroids: one b&w, of a man I almost married. One color, of the man I left him for the year I traveled the perimeter of the Indian Ocean. Scribbled entries and notes and sketches from my journalist days. And one folded contact sheet of a group of fisherman lit by the dusk sacrificing a goat to thank the gods for a great catch…I grow restless just looking at the frames…

I hear photographers talk of how they shoot more when the travel…and it's these images that I wanted to see in this exhibition. What drives them to lug a 4x5 into the mountains or to buy 100 rolls of film for a trip or to rent expensive dream lenses for their digital cameras or to download every picture on their smartphone so they can capture limitless images?  What Judy Walgren and I found while jurying this exhibition answered these questions.

The Perimeter of the World features photographs by Jane Alexander-Perry, Stan Banos, Jaime Beechum, Giselle Brewton, Carter Brooks, Annette Burke, Anirudha (Robi) Chakraborty, Steve Chapman, Thomas Cole, Valentino Columbo, Stuart Cox Jr., Amber Crabbe, Carly Cram, Petra Davis, Mark Dawson, Monica Denevan, Henry Dombey, Rudi Dundas, Ben  Fash, Thomas Foster, Mark Francis, Michael Gandy, Alexis Gerard, Dave Getzschman, Mike Glad, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Michelle Govang, Esha Gupta, Elaine Heron, Patricia Houghton Clarke, David Janesko, Oliver Klink, Curtis Koshimizu, Guilhem Lacaze, Lucille Lawrence, Mido Lee, Christine Lenzen, Claire Lerner, Elaine Ling, Susan Lirakis, Joyce Lopez, Michael Lopez, Ernie Luppi, Horia Manolache, Nina Menconi, Chester Ng, Eben  Ostby, Hendrik Paul, Guy Reynolds, Eleonora Ronconi, Nicolo Sertorio, Yon Sim, Jason B. Smith, Kyle Smith, Jon Soliday, Santiago Vanegas, Imrich Veber, Sandra Chen Weinstein, Joanne Winship, and Yisheng Wu

Juried by Judy Walgren, director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle and Ann Jastrab, gallery director of RayKo Photo Center. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on August 6th. The Best of Show photograph was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday 10, 2014.

Best of Show:  Oliver Klink


Judy Walgren took the helm as director of photography at the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2010. Under her watch, her team has won numerous national and international photo and photo editing awards, including a 2014 Pulitzer finalist position for feature photography and first place in the Best of Photojournalism Awards for their photo editing portfolio. Walgren, herself, holds a Pulitzer in International Reporting along with a team of Dallas Morning News writers and photographers who chronicled violent human rights abuses against women worldwide. During her career, she has photographed wars in Somalia and Sudan, styled and shot incredible food for amazing chefs, co-produced documentaries on tribal elders in northern Kenya and is presently raising a son, Theo, 8, and their Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Stella, as well. She is also in the process of earning her Masters in Fine Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art.

Ann Jastrab is currently the Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center. The RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten shows annually featuring many nationally recognized artists. Ann has curated numerous exhibitions for RayKo as well as juried exhibitions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Review LA, PhotoAlliance (Our World), SPE, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, Lishui International Photography Festival in China, and Click646 as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. She has also been teaching courses at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1994.