Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 54April 28, 2012

We publish our brief Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, photographic tips, selected images and news of other participation opportunities at Image City. We thank you for your interest and we look forward to another great year of fine photographs and events. We hope to see you at each of our 13 shows in 2012.

In This Issue
"The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau" our Current Show
Call for Submissions
Courses and Workshops at Image City
Gary Thompson's Photo Tips
Image City Critiques -- Next Session Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau: a Portfolio by Cole Thompson

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, May 13  


Cole Thompson ShowcardOur current show at Image City is by noted photographer Cole Thompson. Cole grew up in Rochester, but now lives in Colorado. He is a fine-art photographer who specializes in black-and-white. He says, "For me color records the image, but black and white captures the feelings that lie beneath the surface."


The current exhibit is of his portfolio The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In describing the work, Cole recalled that "I had not intended to photograph during my tour of the camps but after being there a few minutes, I felt compelled. With every step I wondered about the people whose feet had walked in exactly the same footsteps. I wondered if their spirits still lingered there today. And so I photographed ghosts." Gallery patrons enjoyed visiting with Cole during the opening receptions and the opportunity to participate in a workshop on his black-and-white photography.


In our East Gallery is an exhibit titled Histoires de France by photographer, educator, and art-historian, Bruno Chalifour. A native and frequent visitor to France, Bruno takes us there with his finely crafted photographs. He observes that "Fine art photography, just like any other form of art, is about craft (technique and its mastery) content, emotion, and esthetics"


The Guest photographers for the exhibit are Paloma Capanna, TC Pellett, Stephanie Quiones-Millet and Steve Tryon as well as Camera Rochester award-winning photographers Lynda Howland, David Kotok, Luann Pero, Karen Walker, Ron Weetman, and John Williamson. We round out the show with work by David Perlman and Jim Patton, Artists-in-Residence, and Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.


For full details of the show click hereBe sure to check out the link to the "Preview of the Show Gallery" to see a selection of the fine works in the show that runs through Sunday, May 13.

Call for Submissions for an Exhibit this coming Summer

Fourth Annual Portfolio Showcase 2012


Steve Levinson is Chairman of our upcoming exhibit and recently announced a call for Submissions.

We are pleased to announce that  Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative and PixleIPRESERVE  are calling for submissions for the Portfolio Showcase 2012.

This is our fourth year for the Portfolio Showcase. With a total value of $5000 in prizes and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize, we think that you will continue to find this initiative fun, challenging and attractive. Fun, because we ask you to submit a full portfolio of 8 (no more, no fewer) images that represent a specific theme (preferred) or the variety of your best work. Challenging, because only the best 8 full portfolios will be shown at the Gallery during the exhibit. Attractive, because, in addition to the exhibition of their work at the Gallery, and with thanks to our Sponsors, each of the 8 winners will receive a $200 award certificate applicable towards purchase of any of the many products and services offered by Lumiere Photo and PixelPRESERVE.  Also, each winner will receive a complimentary hardbound copy of the limited-edition, high-quality show catalogue, specially designed and produced by Denison Creative and PixelPreserve and depicting all photographs from the winning portfolios. The catalogue will be available for all to purchase commemorating the artists' accomplishments.


Click Here for full details and the entry form for your submission.

The same information is available at Image City Photography Gallery, Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and PixelPRESERVE.
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at  


We all look forward to receiving your submission by June 16, 2012 at the latest, even better if we receive it before June 3rd, 2012 - see details at the link above. 


Steve Levinson, Gallery Partner,

Chairman of the Portfolio Showcase 2012

Gallery Learning Experiences
Courses and Workshops at Image City 


There remain openings in upcoming Courses and Workshops at Image City. For the past few year's visitors to Image City Photography Gallery have encouraged us to provide learning experiences to enhance their understanding of photographic techniques or photo editing tools. We are proud to announce our second series of Gallery Learning Experiences.


Click Here to visit the Image City website for full description of the courses and workshops offered. Be sure to sign up early, the number of participants for the courses and workshops is limited. There is no mail-in or online registration. Please visit the Gallery to sign up for courses. We accept checks, cash, or credit cards.


Note that the recent Preparing a Portfolio course by Bruno Chalifour was sold out. We have added another session that will meet on May 31. See the link for details.


The following summary highlights the offerings: Preparing a Portfolio with Bruno Chalifour, Cell Phone Photography with Gil Maker, Layers & Masks with Don Menges, Hands On HDR with Don Menges & Carl Crumley, Night Photography with Carl Crumley, Topaz Image Editing Plugins with Don Menges, Close-Up and Macro Photography with Lois Trieb and One-on-One Coaching with Gallery Partners.  

Gary Thompson's Photo Tips

Reflections can Contribute to Creative Foregrounds


In each of the last two "Tips of the Month" I have written about two versions of an early morning image using dramatic cloud patterns at Hemlock Lake. This month I am showing another approach in making an early morning image at the same location. It was taken two days later and from a position only a few feet away from where the two previous images were obtained.


The foreground in the photograph Limbs over Hemlock Lake is two branches of a tree silhouetted against the sky complimented by the reflection of one of the branches silhouetted against the reflection of the sky in the water. Because the real branches and the reflected branch have similar density against their brighter backgrounds, it takes a moment for the viewer to recognize real branches from the reflected one. This mini mystery is enhanced by the similar pattern of smaller branches at the end of the limbs. Because of the strong graphic nature of the "three" limbs, they tend to move strongly forward from their brighter, more muted sky backgrounds.


A feeling of both depth and creativity is communicated because the reflected and real portions of the foreground separate well from their backgrounds. A tiny bit of mystery is also generated by the viewer's brief confusion between real and reflected limbs.


To see a larger image and past Gary's Photo Tips Click Here.



Image City Critiques

At Image City on Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm

Each month, we enjoy a good turnout for Image City Critiques, our free program at Image City to provide participants an opportunity to engage in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique and review of their photographs. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Join us for the next on Wednesday, May 2nd from 7:00-9:00 pm. Each participant should send a couple of images they would like to review with the group that meets. All images should be mailed to Gil Maker at least the day before we meet. Samples will be sent to the Critique email list. If you would like to be on the email list, send a request to Don Menges at
Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 


May 2 - Photo Critique at Image City, 7 - 9pm
May 4 - First Friday Gallery Night
May 13 - Last day of The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Cole Thompson.
May 16 - Opening Day for David Moog's exhibit, Sequences
May 18 - Artists' Reception 5 - 8:30 pm
Image City Photography Gallery   Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4  

There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery

Contact Information

 Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607



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