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Please join us for our next group exhibition!

// Opening Reception //
March 1st, 2019
Wolff Gallery

As a collective, we have the honor of witnessing and discussing the progression of our individual works. We find ourselves traveling along parallel paths, drawn to new directions and processes. We discover common ground in similar themes, investigating dark corners and intimate places. Here, our realities, our unverified stories, come together for a time before continuing onward. We present selections of new work from each member curated to tell a temporary fiction of rumor and truth.

We will have snacks, beverages, and an all-around good time ready for you at the opening party! Find more details and say you'll be there by visiting our Facebook event

Thank you to Wolff Gallery  for hosting this exhibition and trusting us to showcase our individual personal works! Show your support for this amazing woman-owned gallery by stopping by the opening reception or during their regular business hours, Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-6pm.


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Join us on Saturday, December 1st for a fun little social event! There will be fine art photographs, limited edition poster prints, photo books, and postcards all produced by us within the last year! Plus, there will be beautiful paper goods by our own Leslie Hickey of Hoarfrost Press. Come hang out with us and, if you feel so inclined, pick up some local art for your holiday gifting this year!



Heartbreak City

Redux Gallery + Small Talk Collective Present: 
lose yourself in...
- a poster show -

Opening Reception // First Friday
August 3rd, 2018 // 6:00-9:00pm
On display August 3rd - September 30th

Join us for a photography exhibition at Redux Gallery in Portland, OR. Heartbreak City evokes the nostalgic feeling of warm summer nights, seedy motels, female desire, and being young and free. The exhibition will feature small editions of posters available to take home right away at affordable prices!

View full exhibition online at

811 E Burnside St. #116
Portland, OR 97214
M-Sa: 11-7, Su: 11-5


Show us your work!

Ain't Bad No. 13 is open for submissions and Small Talk is honored to be chosen as one of the guest curators - so you get seven pairs of eyes on your work instead of just one!

Take a look at the Aint–Bad Archives to get a sense of the type of imagery they publish and check out the incredible curators, editors, gallerists, educators, and publishers selected to curate the upcoming annual issue! 

From Aint-Bad:

Each curator will select two photographers from the submissions to feature and interview for the printed publication. Fifteen curators. Thirty photographers. This issue is collaboration at it’s finest. The final result will be a beautiful, hand-curated issue of the best contemporary photography in existence today. In addition to all of the above, we will partner with the curators further to exhibit work from the issue in various galleries and institutions around the world. 

Submit by August 1st and show us what you're making! 


Conversations: A Small Talk Social

Please join Small Talk Collective for a party, pop-up exhibition and live photographic collaboration on May 10th from 6:00-9:00pm at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. 

We will display our ongoing collaborative project “Conversations” for one night only! Additionally, we will reserve space for a live photo conversation open to everyone. Bring an image on your phone and we will make a 4x6 print for you to add to the wall. Make a connection or respond to someone else’s photo and watch how this visual web builds organically throughout the evening!


And if you haven’t purchased We’re Always Touching by Underground Wires, we will have signed copies available at the event.

This is the third and final installation of our RACC Project Grant, which began with our book launch and current exhibition at Pushdot Studio for Portland Photo Month. We hope you’ll join us for a night of celebration. 

Photos! Drinks! Music! Books! Snacks! And many, many thanks!


Pre-order your book now!

We are so beyond words excited to let you know that our book is officially available for pre-order!

If you are in Portland, choose "pick up at Pushdot" to avoid paying for shipping. Plus, if you come see us on Friday, you get food, mead from Nectar Creek, and the gratitude of seven photographers in person! (We'll even sign your book.) 

Remember: Exhibition opening + book release at Pushdot Studio on April 6th from 6-8 pm.


Pre-order pricing runs through April 6th at 11:59pm so get those orders in now! 

If you aren't able to pick up your book in person, we'll ship all pre-orders by Monday, April 9th. 


Thank you all for the ongoing support! We can't wait to share this new work with you.


First Friday: April 6th


Please join us at Pushdot Studio for our first joint exhibition and book release!

In this time of redefining and bringing together the photography community in Portland, we are focusing on supporting and empowering one another as artists, entrepreneurs, and women. We invite you into a conversation – both visual and societal – around the strength of joining individual visions in order to speak to broader human desires and themes, including empathy, belonging, memory, and transformation. 


This exhibition and book release (and the upcoming community event at Disjecta in May) are supported by a generous Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


To press we go!

Many thanks to the team at Brown for working with us to produce a beautiful book!

Pre-order your copy now! 


Exhibition Planning

While we are waiting for a second book proof, it's time to get to work on the exhibition!


We can't thank Pushdot enough for their help getting everything printed and hung. Can't wait to see these beauties printed large!



If you aren't yet on our mailing list, here's the scoop...

Please join Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre (aka Small TalkCollective) for our first group exhibition and book release! 


We believe strongly in the importance of supporting and empowering one another as artists, entrepreneurs, and women and we invite you into a conversation – both visual and societal – about the strength of joining individual visions in order to speak to broader human desires and themes, including empathy, belonging, memory, and transformation.


We’re Always Touching by Underground Wires opens at Pushdot Studio in Portland, OR with a First Friday reception and book release on April 6th from 6-8pm in conjunction with Portland Photo Month.

If you can't make it for First Friday, come by anytime Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 5:00 pm between April 6 – May 28.


We are also very excited to release our first book together. (Because who doesn't want to shoot a new body of work, plan a show, and publish a book in the span of three months?!) 

Seven artists all in one place. Order by 11:59pm on April 6th to get in on the pre-order special! (link is on the left side of the page, under our names)

A few words about the project: 
Change is incremental, barely noticed, until it’s sudden and irrevocable. A house slowly ages and wears, until abruptly, it’s demolished and gone. Inside our own homes, we find imperfections and repairs, evidence of former occupants and our former selves. We feel these transitions and make new connections: between a bird discovered in a field and one dismembered by a cat, between the furrows on a face and those on the landscape, impressions left on skin and in memory. We look for change and find its mark. We look at what is, attempting to find the shape of what was.


Save the date: May 10 from 6-8pm! 

Join us at Disjecta and bring one of your images to print and add to the community conversation. Any size and subject matter as long as you have it on your phone (for printing purposes). More details coming soon on our blogFacebook, and Instagram

The book, exhibition at Pushdot, and community conversation at Disjecta are supported by a generous Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. THANK YOU, RACC!


Valentine's Gratitude + Save the Date


We're celebrating this season with immense gratitude for all of the incredible supporters of our work, including: 
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Pushdot Studio
Fraction Magazine


Join us at Disjecta on May 10th from 6-8pm and add your images to the conversation. More information coming soon...

How many photographers does it take...

How many photographers does it take...

Finalizing plans for  Small Talk: Conversations

Finalizing plans for Small Talk: Conversations


Fraction Magazine Feature

We are so excited and honored to be featured in issue #102 of Fraction Magazine! Thank you to David Bram and Bree Lamb for all of their wonderful work within the photo community.

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Ain't Bad Magazine: Interview

Once upon a time (also known as two years ago), Kristina Hruska reached out to six other photographers and asked them to be part of a group based on peer critique, collaboration, support, accountability, and mutual inspiration. We now call this little adventure Small Talk Collective. We recently got to sit down with Sarah Borst for the first ever audio interview for Ain't Bad Magazine! We chatted about photography, of course, intersectional feminism, art as a tool for healing or for activism, and the importance of community, especially in a very digitally-focused world. (And cats. We also talked about cats.)

This group has grown from a concept, to a community, to a sisterhood and we are so grateful to have the chance to keep the conversation going.

To listen to the interview and see some additional work from each of us, follow the link to Ain't Bad Magazine!


2017 Civita Fellowship

Small Talk Collective's Leslie Hickey was recently award a Civita Fellowship through the Civita Institute in Seattle. In October she will travel to Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy for a one month fellowship; she will use her 4x5 and black and white film to focus on capturing the landscape at night.