Register as a BPR Photographer!
Written by Ken Sato   
Monday, 03 March 2008 10:42

Register as a BPR Photographer!

What is the project about?

The project is intended to improve the perceptions and impressions of downtown Rochester.

We are going to create an outdoor photo exhibition on Main Street between Chestnut Street and Plymouth Avenue. Our plan is to install 100 to 200 large format photographs on the windows and walls of the buildings.

The project will start this spring. Most photos will be exhibited for one year.

What type of photographers are we looking for?


“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
Ernst Haas

For Example: McCrory Building, 196 East Main Street

Through this exhibition, we would like to see the positive things of the Greater Rochester area that you have seen through your camera lens.

We would like to make the audience of thousands, who will come to see this exhibition, re-see Rochester positively through your photographs. Let’s share the beauty, happiness, and joy in Rochester with other Rochesterians!

We are looking for photographers who:

• Can submit a large quantity and variety of photos which they have taken in Rochester and who can continue to submit more local photographs constantly.

• Have the ability to see the positive side of Rochester, its great beauty and wonderful moments. And the actions, movements, and expressions of its people from angles that ordinary people usually don’t see.

• Are creative and flexible, and can imagine the impact of this large format exhibition.

What type of photographs are we looking for?

Beautiful reflections of Rochester.

Photos should be of a variety of subjects from the Greater Rochester area that reflect great beauty, wonderful moments, attractive actions, interesting movements, and gorgeous expressions of people.

We would especially like to see photos from the following categories: people, events and festivals, nature, landscapes, and art.

We would like to display a lot of photographs of people this year. Photos of Rochesterians will be a big part of this year’s exhibition. We are not looking for photos of famous people or professional models. The photos should be of people around you like friends, family or neighbors on streets, in offices, schools, parks or places that you really like in Rochester. We would like to see happiness, joy, fun, and pride in ordinary lives.
Events and Festivals:
Jazz Festival, Lilac Festival, St. Patrick’s Parade, High Falls Film Festival, Rochester Criterion (bike race), etc. We have so many interesting and exciting events and festivals in Rochester. We would like photos that capture the excitement and atmosphere and we want to display them both before and after the event.

For example, someone walking on East Avenue who isn’t familiar with the Jazz Festival can’t imagine that thousands of people are on this street during the festival. However, if there are huge photos of the Jazz Festival exhibited on the walls of the buildings on East Ave. with descriptions of the event, he/she could share the excitement of the festival.
Because the photos will be displayed downtown where there are almost no green spaces, it will be important to display some nature scenes. The colors of nature could relieve people’s stress.


Because some photos will be really big, we will be able to create the atmosphere of a landscape.

Please do not submit ordinary landscape photos like High Falls or Rochester’s skyline unless the photo is from a different view. For example, if you want to submit a High Falls photo, instead of taking the photo from the footbridge, take it from an angle that most people don’t see.

It is difficult to say what is considered art, so we won’t discuss it here. However, we assume that there are many, you think to be, artistic photos in your stock. Please include them in this category.

No categorizing system is perfect, so we have this category. If you have great photos that don’t fit into any of the categories above, please submit them under this category.

Camera specifications and file type:

Due to extra-large size prints, your photos should meet the standards below:

• Your camera should have at least 6-mega-pixel resolution and photos should be taken with the largest size of your camera capacity.

• Tiff format is the recommended format, but Jpeg format is also accepted.

• SLRs are recommended. (
Single Lens Reflex)*

• Films and slides are accepted but you have to scan and send digitally.

*In the past, many photographers took great photos with compact cameras. Perhaps you have some fantastic photos that have been taken with compact digital cameras, so we don’t want to close the door on this completely. However, the photos should be taken with the largest size, with at least 6-mega pixels. If it doesn’t meet this standard, we might consider using it for a smaller size print.


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit -- including ownership if applicable -- other than those rights licensed in the next sentence. By Submitting, you hereby grant to Big Picture Art LLC (i) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to Big Picture Rochester, and (ii) the right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

*SLR : Single Lens Reflex



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