In December of 2009, Knox Bronson approached Rae Douglass at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, California with the idea of presenting the first ever gallery exhibit of iPhone photography. Rae said yes, and within days, Knox had created a website and had put out a call for submissions through iphontography bloggers and flickr groups.
Pictures flooded in from all over the world. Amazing pictures, all done on iPhones. No editing on a computer was allowed, and suspect images were checked and removed if found to have been edited elsewhere.
At the end of a 30-day submission window, an independent jury was convened to vote on and choose 200 images. The show opened on January 30th and ran through the month of February, garnering rave reviews and exposing the world to the beauty of this emergent medium and nascent art form.
The Giorgi Gallery show, “Pixels At An Exhibition,” was a collaboration between composer/artist Knox Bronson’s wwwpixelsatanexhibition.zippykid.it website and architect/artist Rae Douglas’s Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley.
iPhoneography: an underground art form emerges from its infancy onto the global stage. Here are the pictures of the unfolding.
All works on this site are shot and processed on iOS devices only: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.
“Aim well, shoot fast, and scram.”—Henri Cartier-Bresson. “Aim well, shoot fast, and app that bitch until it sings.” —Knox Bronson.
Welcome to Pixels: The Art of the iPhone, gallery of the most beautiful and ground-breaking iPhone art on the web and home to an ever-increasing number of visionary pioneers in the exploration and development this nascent and vibrant new medium.
“Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. —Paul Valéry, Aesthetics
We invite you to join us in submitting your best iPhonic art to share with the world and for consideration for future gallery shows. Please read the submission guidelines and register—name, email, city.
If possible, use our new iPHone app, PixelEx, (Get it here) for much quicker submission acceptance. It’s also great for browsing the site. You can also email pictures here, but no guarantees on how long it will take to put them up (we have to do one at a time!)
—Knox Bronson, Curator