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POP-UP OPEN CALL: The Ephemeral Urban Enigmas


Online Application Due Date: 

August 23, 2023 

In-Person Submission Date:

August 25, 2023

11 AM - 3 PM EST

Free for Submission & Participation

Printing, Framing, and Delivery will be at the artist's own expense

Exhibition Date: 

August 25 - 27, 2023

Exhibition Location

Sojourner Gallery

178 Bleecker Street 

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10012

If you have any questions, please email

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In an age where urban landscapes have become ubiquitous backdrops to our daily lives, it is easy to overlook the extraordinary moments that unfold in the midst of the ordinary. The exhibition, “The Ephemeral Urban Enigmas," aims to rekindle our curiosity and appreciation for the intricate tapestry of urban life through the lens of unaltered, spontaneous photography. This open call invites photographers to seize the raw, unmanipulated essence of urban existence, immortalizing fleeting instants that infuse our cities with undeniable zest.


Today, the contemporary artist is armed with pocket-sized marvels that can seize the extraordinary from the mundane, adding spice to urban life's rich tapestry. “The Ephemeral Urban Enigmas" invites artists to channel this privilege, utilizing their lens to freeze moments that beguile, tantalize, and evoke curiosity. The exhibition transcends mere visual documentation, delving into the realms of emotion, intrigue, and discovery that lie hidden within the folds of the city's bustling streets. 

Submission Rules

  1. Artwork Type: Submissions must be original photographs that capture ephemeral moments within the urban landscape. The photographs should reflect the concept of unaltered, candid scenes that add intrigue and mystery to urban life.

  2. Scene Authenticity: Submitted photographs should not be intentionally set up or staged. The focus is on naturally occurring moments that evoke curiosity and wonder.

  3. Submission Method: Click Here to submit by August 23. Early submission is highly recommended.

  4. Response and Selection: Artists will receive a response within 48 hours of submission. This will allow you to decide whether you would like your work to be showcased in the exhibition.

  5. Artwork Delivery or Printing:
    If your work is selected for the exhibition, you have two options:
    Transport your artwork to the gallery on August 25 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Please ensure your work is appropriately packaged and protected.
    Alternatively, you can assign the gallery to print and frame your photograph in unified formats and styles (you can select on the submission form). Please note that artists are responsible for covering the printing, framing, transportation, and insurance fees (if applicable). 

  6. Transportation/Printing Details: When submitting your artwork, please clearly indicate your preferred method of transporting or printing your photographs. This will help us ensure that your work is displayed as intended.

  7. Important Dates:
    Submission Deadline: August 23
    Curational Team Response: Within 48 hours of submission
    Artwork Delivery Time: On August 25, 11 AM - 3 PM
    Delivery Address: 178 Bleecker Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012


We look forward to receiving your submissions and appreciate your dedication to capturing the essence of "The Ephemeral Urban Enigmas."

Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at Your contributions are vital in bringing this captivating exhibition to life.

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