Landscapes @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

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Littoral Drift #05 © Meghann Riepenhoff

Landscapes
Exhibition Dates: June 5 – July 18, 2015

First Friday Reception Date: June 5, 2015

All Selected Artists| Geoffrey Agrons, Steve Babbitt, Lee Bass,
Curran Broderick, Mark Cohen, Janet Cole, Pierre Cook, Peter Croteau,
Ann Cutting, Daniel Duarte, John DuBois, Yorgos Efthymiadis,
Nicholas Fedak II, Teri Fullerton, David Gardner, Anne Hall, Andrea Hamilton, Shreepad Joglekar, Katie Kaulkstein, Yoichi Kawamura, Michael Kirchoff, Karen Kirkpatrick, Melissa Lazuka, Tom Lindboe, Nancy Locke, Lynette Miller, Sue Montoya, Ivan Ng, Jim Nickelson, Jim Riche, Meghann Riepenhoff, Nicole Robinson, Carla Royal, Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Lee Saloutos,
Nicolo Sertorio, Tristan Spinski, Evan Stanfield, Stephen Strom,
Leonard Sussman, Kathleen Taylor, David Underwood, Ira Wagner,
Phil Waters, Ariel Wilson, David Wolf, Qian Zhao, and Frank Zurey.

The Center for Fine Art Photography | 400 North College Ave. | Fort Collins | CO | 80524

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Focus: The Portrait @ Black Box Gallery

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Focus: The Portrait
March 1-20

Black Box Gallery
811 East Burnside St., # 212
Portland, Oregon 97214

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Book Review: Photographic Composition Principles of Image Design by Albrecht Rissler

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Albrecht Rissler worked as a professor of drawing and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. The subject of image composition, I read, “often informed by photography, is a key topic in his courses on illustration and in his publications.”

Isn’t image composition a bit of a big word when it comes to photography? For what photographers basically do is to frame. As John Szarkowski once penned, the photographer’s “central problem is a simple one: what shall he include, what shall he reject? The line of decision between in and out is the picture’s edge. While the draughtsman starts with the middle of the sheet, the photographer starts with the frame. The photograph’s edge defines content.”

Albrecht Rissler defines composition as “bringing together individual elements into a cohesive whole” and does not differentiate between painting, drawing, graphic design, and potography. In all of these fields, he writes, “composition pertains to the organization of two-dimensional elements within a predefined image-area.”

Agreed yet I do prefer “framing” to “composing” when trying to characterise what a photographer does. But let us not split hairs for I do find Photographic Composition an inspiring work.

Light Spaces

Light Spaces page 128

Interesting perspectives, I thought, when leafing for the first time through this tome. Quite some of them I liked, there weren’t any that I immediately rejected. Of the ones that made me pause, “Light Spaces” on pages 128/129 particularly fascinated me. Both photos depict scenes from the beach. From the accompanying text I learn that the beach on page 128 is near Conil de la Frontera in Andalusia, the one on page 129 is on the French coast. “The sand reflects the intense summer sun. The farther away the people are from the camera, the more they are enveloped in fine haze. In both compositions the sky takes up two-thirds of the image area and the horizon line is shifted toward the bottom.”

What I thought particularly fascinating was the effect these two pics had on me. At first glance it felt like this was probably the same beach. When however I started to really look I saw that the beach in Andalusia was surrounded by hills (and by “groups of trees, sand dunes, and a small hamlet with a tall tower” the accompanying text reads – I’m not sure I would have been able to identify all that without the text) and that there was no visible horizon on the French coast beach.

Light Spaces pg. 129

Light Spaces pg. 129

One of the more intriguing experiences was to discover how the combination of words and image made me see the image differently. Take for instance the photo taken in Bettmeralp that shows a house and a passing cloud. Without taking note of the words that accompany this pic I simply noticed the house and I noticed the cloud, I did not connect the two, it did not occur to me that “they belong together”. I’m not even sure that they do. When however I read the heading “pairs” I all of a sudden saw a connection. And I liked what the words had made me see.

Photographic Composition is divided into the following chapters: “Why compose?”, “The Image Area”, “Diagonals”, “Perspectives”, “Lattices”, “Cropping”, “Contrast”, “Light and Shadow”, “Sharpness and Blur”, “Texture”, “The Right Moment”.

Albrecht Rissler provides with Photographic Composition a most useful study in awareness. I highly recommend it.

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Photographic Composition
Principles of Image Design
by Albrecht Rissler

For more information and to purchase the book: www.rockynook.com/shop/photography/photographic-composition/

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NATAN DVIR @ Anastasia Photo

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NATAN DVIR
March 4 – April 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5th
6:30-8:30 PM

Anastasia Photo
166 ORCHARD STREET NEW YORK, NY 10002

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DOUG KEYES @ KLOMPCHING GALLERY

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DOUG KEYES: PORTRAIT
March 5 – April 11, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 5, 6pm–9pm

The genesis for this series was the Chuck Close catalog, that Keyes photographed in 1998 for the widely applauded Collective Memory series. With this image, multiple exposures resulted in two portraits that represented Close’s body of work. Keyes now continues this focus on portraits made by other artists and documentarians.

Sourcing images from books and the internet, and often inspired by portraits experienced in person, Keyes selects images that collectively create an overall representation of each artist’s portraiture work. The resulting photographs reshape the work of such iconic names as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Martin Schoeller and Frida Kahlo. At times, his work conjures up more than the purely visual, such as with Nick Cave (2014), which pierces the viewer with a cacophony of suggested sound and movement, gloriously melded together.

KLOMPCHING GALLERY
111 Front Street
Suite 206
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Lala Meredith-Vula @ GX Gallery

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Haystacks Kosova, 2006, Silver Gelatin Print

Lala Meredith-Vula: Folk Art, Sex Fantasy, Kosova Myths, London Diaries
3 – 21 March 2015

This collection showcases a selection of black and white photographs taken over a period spanning more than thirty years. Some of the works explore cultural transitions; exposing realities in a country effected by communism, while others starkly explore and celebrate the female body. All the works together, drawn from across these three decades, wonderfully showcase the successful career of this internationally acclaimed artist so far.

GX Gallery
43 Denmark Hill
London
SE5 8RS

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Broomberg & Chanarin @ Foam

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20 March 2015 – 3 June 2015

For their exhibition To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light, internationally highly acclaimed artists Adam Broomberg (South Africa, 1970) and Oliver Chanarin (Great Britain, 1971) lead viewers through a meandering and disturbing history lesson on the relationship between photography and race.

Foam
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

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MATTHEW SWARTS @ Kopeikin Gallery

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Processing:Beth and the Alternatives
March 7 – April 18, 2015

Reception with the artist
Saturday, March 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The cliché that time heals all wounds might be true, but, for Matthew Swarts, after a painful end to a long-term relationship, the passing of time only created a sense of confused detachment, especially when looking at his old photographs.
So Swarts decided to use those images to process the end of the relationship, creating his series “Beth.” In Beth, slowly erasing his ex-girlfriend is a metaphor for loss, but it’s also about ownership. The original portraits were a collaborative process. Now that she’s gone, he doesn’t feel the same ownership and is remaking the photographs.

Kopeikin Gallery | 2766 South La Cienega Blvd | Los Angeles | CA | 90034

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MARKO MODIC @ Jakopič Gallery

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MARKO MODIC: THE FIFTH ELEMENT
Opening: 24 February 2015 at 7 p.m. – 26 April 2015

THE FIFTH ELEMENT overview photographic exhibition is Modic’s mid-career retrospective, bringing a refined and conceptual curatorial selection of photographs and photomontages, taken from his vast oeuvre which has been accumulating over the last three decades.
The fifth element is present in all of the series grouped around the four elements (with the structure of these series being largely based on ‘pure’ photographs). It is apparently invisible, seamlessly integrated, yet it calls into question their identity: as a result of both intense abstracting and the previewed photomontages, the line between pure photography and photomontage is sometimes completely blurred. It might be said that this is the aim of the exhibition: to invite viewers to enter the artist’s widely imaginative and, quite often, surrealist world which originates in his ability to find magic in the most obscure details of everyday phenomena.

Jakopič Gallery, Slovenska cesta 9, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Portfolio ShowCase Volume 8 @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

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© Liz Steketee

Portfolio ShowCase Volume 8
May 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015

Reception with the Juror, Gordon Stettinius, June 5 from 6-9pm

All Selected Artists|Thomas Alleman, Anne Berry, Larry Chait, Daniel Coburn, Michael Donnor, Jackie Heitchue, Jaime Erin Johnson, Peter Leighton,
Clark Mishler, Wendy Simmons, Michal Solarski, Liz Steketee, Paul Thulin, Alison Turner, and Zhe Zhu.

The Center for Fine Art Photography | 400 North College Ave. | Fort Collins | CO | 80524

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