Date(s) - 06/04/2016
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maryann Riker curates images from photogrpahers Richard Begbie, Janice Lipzin, Mark McDonald, Howard McGinn, David Richards, Thomas Shillea, Charles Stonewall, and Luke Wynne
Light, Paper, Process
As a means of visual communication and expression, photography has distinct aesthetic capabilities: immediacy and objectivity. The seemingly automatic recording of an image by photography has given the process a sense of authenticity shared by no other picture-making technique. This understanding of photography’s supposed objectivity has dominated evaluations of its role in the arts. The most important control is, of course, the creative photographer’s vision. He or she chooses the vantage point, and the exact moment of exposure. The photographer perceives the essential qualities of the subject and interprets it according to his or her judgment, taste and involvement. An effective photograph can disseminate information about humanity and nature, record the visible world , and extend human knowledge and understanding. For all these reasons, photography has aptly been called the most important invention since the printing press. From it’s early use in portraiture and photojournalism to documentary photography, masters of the medium such as Matthew Brady, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, and many others, have evolved the medium to fine art through light, paper and process.
The photographers whose works are selected in this exhibit provide a historical reference to the masters as well as a new perspective through their lens that highlights photography in all its various genre. Works by Richard Begbie document the landscape and the architecture in its rich texture and mood in the tradition of Eugene Atget; Janice Lipzin captures the fleeting moment, in the spirit of Henri Cartier-Bresson; Mark McDonald captures locales with the air of film noir and German expressionist cinematography; Howard McGinn’s measured and staccato-like patterns in architecture treat us to a new view in Renaissance perspective; David Richards photographic installations re-interpret the magic of the stereoscope; Thomas Shillea’s images provide a new richness in portraiture and still-live through the platinum process reminiscent of Irving Penn; Charles Stonewall’s captivating dance and theater photographs envision stillness and quiet in the continual flow of movement akin to Maurice Seymour; and Luke Wynne captures striking abstract works that enrapture the viewer with the emotive values of pure color.
All of these photographers share two things: the richness of the history of photography and breaking new ground with their own unique perspectives through light, paper and process. Please take the time to view each one’s works with its own richness and voice.
Show runs until July 10.