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  • Downtown Art Center First Friday Presents - DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY JURIED EXHIBITION

  • Date: Friday - 6/2/2023
    Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m
    Downtown Art Center
    1040 A Nuuana Avenue
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96717

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On View in Downtown Art Center’s Main Gallery, June 2 - July 1, 2023
With Juror PF Bentley

Leimana Naki scouts where to throw net just outside the wall at the Kahina Pohaku fishpond on Molokai. Photo by juror PF Bentley.

An art exhibition dedicated to documentary photography opens on June 2 in the Main Gallery at Downtown Art Center, located at 1041 Nuʻuanu Ave, on the second floor of Chinatown Gateway Plaza. The
Documentary Photography 2023 Juried Exhibition will feature stand-alone photos, along with series compilations of up to five photographs on a theme or story. Photographs were selected by juror PF Bentley, a former TIME Magazine photojournalist and one of the best-known American photojournalists of his generation.

The exhibition is free to the public, and will be on view from June 2 through July 1 during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. There will be a special
First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, June 2 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Bentley will host a special session on
Saturday, June 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. on his approach to selecting submissions for the show. He will also share examples of his recent documentary photography for Hana Hou!, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.

Photographer interest in the show was strong, based on the number of submissions for both categories. Entry was open to both professional and enthusiast photographers who live in the state of Hawaiʻi.

In addition to the photographs chosen for this exhibition, three veteran photographers will have special exhibits within the juried show.

Olivier Koning will have a display titled “The First Hawaiians,” color photographs of indigenous Hawaiian plants. Koning, best known for his architectural photography, has been working on this project for about a decade.

Leslie Gleim’s show-within-a-show is called “In the Beginning …”. She will display her stunning aerial photography of volcanic eruptions on the Big Island. These dramatic images will be paired with Gleim’s equally evocative black and white closeup photography of native Hawaiian plants.

Matt Mallams, a photographer who is the long-time photo editor of the award-winning Hana Hou!, Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight magazine, has organized “Hana Hou Stories from Hawaiian Airlines.” The exhibit will feature photography from every issue of the magazine for the past year. June will mark the one-year anniversary of NMG Network being named the magazine’s publisher by Hawaiian Airlines.

In addition to their special exhibits, Koning, Gleim and Mallams will talk about their work during special presentations at DAC. Mallams, along with some of the photographers whose work has appeared in Hana Hou!, will speak on
Thursday, June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Gleim will discuss her work on Saturday, June 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. And Koning will talk about his exhibit on Saturday, June 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Exhibition Jurying Results
Congratulations to the following photographers whose series and single photography work have been accepted into the show!
Menshin Lin
Lisa K Cho
Kelli Bullock Hevert
Susan Kidder
J. Matt
Scot Allen
James Mosher
Shane Sakata
James Knudsen
Scot Allen
Jeff DePonte
Mengshin Lin
David Butterfield
Scot Allen
David Butterfield
Josiah Crutchfield
Edward Freeman
Sladjana Grujic Medic
John Guerin
Jeremiah Johnson
Cliff Kimura
Sandra Meyer
Brandon Miyagi
Gary Rotter
Shane Sakata
Jenny Sathngam

For more information or to find out the latest events and exhibitions at Downtown Art Center, visit

Other First Friday Gallery Features

In the Courtyard Gallery, Honolulu Printmakers celebrates their 95th Annual Exhibition with an Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
This show is part of a joint exhibition at Honolulu Printmakers studio (1142 Bethel St.) and DAC. See the full exhibition of 76 works by 71 artists, juried by Hiroki Morinoue, at both venues.

In the Inner Gallery, see a collection of portrait paintings and drawings from DAC's Tuesday Portrait Sessions, held weekly under the direction of artist Alla Parsons. Hawaiʻi Handweavers Hui will also be demonstrating how they weave and spin their incredible textiles. View the weaving process, talk story with the artists, and see the beautiful pieces they have for sale!

At the downstairs DAC Shop, browse work by local artists and unique handmade gifts.

About the Downtown Art Center (DAC):

Located in the Chinatown Gateway Plaza building at 1041 Nuʻuanu Ave., Second Floor, the nonprofit Downtown Art Center is an evolving gallery and workshop space for Oʻahu's arts scene. DAC strives to become a thriving center for the arts by providing display space for local artists and art organizations, workshop classrooms, performances, and more. Support DAC and help it grow at!

Parking for DAC is located at nearby municipal parking lots (onsite at Chinatown Gateway Plaza, parking entrance off Bethel Street) or at Mark's Garage (entrance at 22 S. Pauahi St.). DAC is easily accessible by public transit as well; get directions, routes and timetables at

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