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Preview: Lois Conner, Gitterman Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on August 24, 2014 at 11:57 am
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Image Courtesy of Lois Conner

For any aspiring politician, working at the United Nations at the age of 20 would likely be a dream scenario. Turns out it’s a pretty good start for photographers as well. Conner, who spent 13 years under the UN’s umbrella, absorbed a multitude of cultures during her stay, particularly China, which she has now visited annually for 30 years. The culmination of these efforts is her latest book, Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial, shot in sprawling 7×17 panorama format. 

“What I am trying to reveal through photography in a deliberate yet subtle way is a sense of history. I would like my photographs to describe my relationship between the tangible and the imagined, between fact and fiction. I’m a born traveler and adventurer, and an obsessive collector and observer of landscape, attempting to twist what the camera faithfully describes into something of fiction.”

“The extended sweep of the panorama allows me to draw on multiple levels, much as cinema does, and to take something of the immediate present, and layer that with something from a few centuries before. The large format camera can draw the particular in minute detail. Like adjectives in a sentence, they allow the viewer to look closer, engaging them in the little world contained by the frame.”

The Yale MFA grad and Guggenheim fellowship winner has exhibited her work in galleries and museums all over the country, and now the Gitterman Gallery is pleased to be added to the list as part of releasing Conner’s latest book. Opening reception will be on September 10th, from 6-8 pm, while the exhibit will conclude November 15th.

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery

Preview: Superlative Light, Robert Shults, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and more

In Black and White Photography, Books, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on August 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Image courtesy of Robert Shults

Image courtesy of Robert Shults

After a successful Kickstarter campaign from earlier this year, Robert Shults is happily taking his new book, Superlative Light, on tour before its official release this fall. The book is sure to be a hit for any fan of photography, science and science fiction.

“In a cavernous complex buried three stories beneath the University of Texas, there resides an almost inconveivable piece of technology which inolves some of the most extreme conditions ever encountered by mankind.

It is called the Texas Petawatt and, at the time of these photos, it produced the most powerful laser pulse anywhere is the world.

At its peak output, this massive device releases an unparalleld luminous force which constitutes the brightest light known to exist in the entire universe.

With this ambitious work of of science at its foundation, The Superlative Light follows an original work of science fiction written by mathematician and author Rudy Rucker. The combination of words and photography has been rounded into what is indelibly an auspicious work of art. 

For those interested in taking a peek at The Superlative Light before its publication, Shults will be stopping in at least four different locations for events: on August 30 and 31st, Atlanta, for the Decatur Book Festival; September 20th, New York City for Photoville; September 25th, Chicago, for Filter Photo Festival. Capping the tour will be the book release party on October 31st in Hillsborough, NC, at the Daylight Community Arts Center.

For More Information: Robert Shults

Preview: Analog Portrait Photography, Nick Shotwell, Camera Work Gallery, Scranton, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on August 8, 2014 at 10:56 am
Image courtesy of Nick Shotwell and Camera Work Gallery

Image courtesy of Nick Shotwell and Camera Work Gallery

Sometimes things look disconnected or not quite right. For most, the natural inclination is to seek out symmetry leave items that are anything but to feel jarring or disorienting. For Nick Shotwell, this is the world he seeks and thrives within his work. 

Nick Shotwell graduated Keystone College in 2011 with an associate’s degree in fine arts. His work frequently bounces back and forth from leather sculptures to analog photography. He often describes the work he creates as a projection of himself- “Wild and Wounded”.

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement:

They are purely imperfect portraits, offering a character and a mood, and I want the viewer to step forward and offer his or her own story. I don’t want them to simply view my work and move on, nor do I like the idea of forcing a narrative upon them.  I would like to include the viewer, and ask them to put forth their own story, I want to collaborate. I want to connect with them. Nothing could make me happier than to turn the radioactive results of my disconnection into an opportunity to connect with others.

For anyone  around northeast Pennsylvania, Camera Work Gallery will be hosting Shotwell’s exhibit until the first of September.

For More Information: Camera Work Gallery

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