When a gallery or jury is viewing slides as submissions, do the
majority of them view the slides projected on a large screen? A
handheld viewer? A lightbox with a loupe?
Hi Alan, It’s not a silly question at all but there isn’t one
answer. It all depends on the particular circumstance. If a show is
juried by the promoter – what I call self-juried – then chances are
the images are viewed on a light box.
If it’s what I call a panel jury – where professionals from outside
the organization do the viewing – then chances are the slides are
projected simultaneously on a large screen. This is how
organizations like ACC do it for instance. There is a trend in
today’s technological age, however, for panel juries to view images
on a computer. I believe it’s the Smithsonian Craft Show that began
this year to require electronic image submission.
As for galleries, I expect most view slides on a light box, though
it wouldn’t surprise me if some used a handheld viewer (or even their
hands to hold the slides up to a light!). Unless slides are
requested (some galleries publish submission guidelines), I always
send prints to galleries myself. It makes viewing a lot easier.
My guess is that in a few years, we’ll all be submitting images
electronically but until that time comes, you need to be prepared
for all contingencies and variables. So view your slides every way
you can. A slide that looks good projected on a screen will most
likely look fine on a light box but it’s not always true the other