United Photo Industries & Cambridge University

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


SECRETS & LIES  is a juried photographic exhibition that explores issues of anonymity, surveillance, and the illusion of privacy in a digitally inter-connected world.


Photographers are invited to submit photographs that address, respond, criticize, and/or challenge the new realities of our public/private existence.


SECRETS & LIES is presented by PHOTOVILLE in partnership with Cambridge University’s Centre for the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH). 


PLEASE NOTE: All printing, framing, and shipping costs for both exhibitions will be covered by the organizers. Winning photographers will be required to provide high-res image files and will be able to collect their prints at the end of the exhibition at Photoville 2014.

Submission Deadline: January 12, 2014

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One Call - Two Exhibitions

SECRETS & LIES will be on view at Cambridge University's Alison Richard Building from February 3 to March 14, before crossing the Atlantic for a second showing as part of PHOTOVILLE in Brooklyn, NY, in September 2014!


To celebrate the launch of SECRETS & LIES, there will an opening symposium followed by wine reception at the Alison Richard Building on Thursday, February 6th at 5pm.  



About the Show

As Europe and America are engulfed in the greatest crisis of mutual trust since WWII, as a result of the recent inter-spying revelations, secrets and lies seem to be assuming an ever more crucial character in public life. The era of "CCTV in every corner" already seems like an age of lost innocence when we now habitually email and web search in the knowledge that we are being constantly spied upon. And yet, at the same time, ordinary citizens are becoming for the first time equipped with the tool of the spy trade themselves: iphones with imperceptible cameras penetrate every corner of social life, with every private moment potentially already being part of the public sphere.


In this world of vertical and horizontal, covert and yet overt mutual surveillance the question of 'if the walls could talk' assumes a new, perplexing dimension. For it is in this context of hyper-visibility that conspiracy theories seem to thrive the most, enjoying mass audiences as well as sophisticated apologists at the core of democracies fashioning themselves as immune to such irrationalities. Under their rubric, every revelation appears as a cover-up, and every disclosure as the disguised fostering of a secret.


Meet the Jury

Jon Levy – Founder & Publisher, Foto8.com

Dr. Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov – Lecturer Social Anthropology, Fellow Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Alexandria Niki – Co-Founder & Publisher, Resource Magazine

Dave Shelley – Co-Founder & Creative Producer, Photoville

Nayanika Mathur – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Conspiracy and Democracy, CRASSH, University of Cambridge


Presented by

SECRETS & LIES is presented by The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge in association with United Photo Industries & PHOTOVILLE.






Convened by

Dr Christos Lynteris – Senior Research Associate (PI), CRASSH, University of Cambridge

Curated by

Sam Barzilay – Co-Founder & Creative Director, United Photo Industries & Photoville