Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 59September 15, 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
Places of Faith by Don Menges and Adriatic Impressions by Steve Levinson
Peter's Picks from the Exhibit
Fall Courses and Workshops at Image City
Call for Submissions: The Magic of Light 2013
Call for Submissins: Cell Phone Photography
Image City Critiques -- Wednesday, September 5 at 7pm
Rental Rate to Increase in 2013
Niagara Fronier Camera Clubs' 2012 Fall Seminar - November 10, 2012
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

Don Menges' Places of Faith and Steve Levinson's Adriatic Impressions

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, September 30  


Menges-Levinson ShowcardImage City Photography Gallery's current exhibit has two inspirational photographic studies by the featured artists, Don Menges and Steve Levinson. Don Menges' Places of Faith is part of a current series of work he is producing of historic architecture of churches of Rochester. A number of faiths and churches are included and the photographs inspire us with both the sanctuary of the places as well as the photographic skill demonstrated in the fine photographs. Steve Levinson's Adriatic Impressions demonstrates a photographic eye that "captures the spirit of a place of both natural and man-made beauty" of Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Bosnia.  Whether landscapes or macro-discovered patterns, Steve shows us a region, largely unknown to us, that beautifully demonstrates we are in foreign territory.


Guest Photographer, Jim Dusen, is in the East Gallery with a clever and a colorful kaleidoscope series. Long-time, supporting guest photographers include photographic series by Mike Edwards and Steve Tryon as well as Clay Gehring, who we also greatly appreciate for his dedicated volunteer efforts at Image City. With Ali Lindsey's exhibit we add yet another fine series. Ali is our recent intern at Image City. Six award winning photographs by Camera Rochester are by Elaine Nusbaum, Susan Kaye, Jerome Kaye, Sheila Mumpton, Sheila Nelson, and George Wallace


We round out the show with work by Jim Patton and David Perlman, Artists-in-Residence, and Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Gil Maker, 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, September 30.

Peter's Picks from the Exhibit


Peter Marr has again reviewed the exhibit and made his "Picks". Click here to visit the website for the Peter's complete discussion and the larger image. We are indebted to Peter's efforts in producing the comments with his picks -- a time consuming exercise of analysis and prose.


Keyhole tot he Sky by Steve Levinson In selecting Keyhole to the Sky by Steve Levinson, Peter noted "This outstanding image, imaginatively seen and artistically captured by Steve has a powerful presence and majesty that is truly magical and awe-inspiring. There is both a vastness of scale and an incredible intimacy of detail which creates an aura of mystery regarding the history and purpose of this massive structure. One certainly must admire the architectural grandeur and design, the impressive stonework assembly, and of course the two dramatic vertical openings, which together give the impression of a giant keyhole, a feature the author has cleverly used in the title of this print. Given the time, one could conjecture whether these openings were entranceways to buildings which no longer exist, and perhaps wonder why the top portal is so much smaller than the lower one. These and other relevant questions are secondary to acknowledging the brilliant creativeness of the author, who has captured the sunlight illuminating part of the interior in a distinctive oval pattern, one that almost mirrors the intense azure blue sky...." more.


St. Michaels Church #3 by Don MengesWith Don Menges' St. Michael's #3, Peter commented that "Together with countless other people, I have long been an admirer of the artistry, photographic prowess and digital expertise of Don, and this outstanding exhibition of Places of Faith, is an inspiring tribute to his impressive talents. These talents have been honed to perfection from countless hours of research, experimentation and hard work, to achieve the high standard he has set for everyone who has the good fortune to view these exceptional prints. From all of his striking images, I chose St. Michael's #3 to comment further on, not because it is the largest print on display, but because it matchlessly illustrates precise exposure range control, extraordinary color quality, superb sharpness and subject detail, and maybe above all, a vibrancy and grandeur that is unsurpassed. Here, the sublime color palette and intricate details of everything from the exquisite religious groupings, the carved statues, the intricate lace altar linen and the prayer desks, all the way to the gorgeous carpet and the ornately carved pews, have been compellingly captured by the artist, resulting in an awe-inspiring image...."more.


Early Crop by Steve LevinsonPeter commented on another Steve Levinson photograph noting that "I chose Early Crop, because of its great impact, artistic design, and the creative way the author saw and photographed the subject matter in such an inspired way, using a high camera angle. The end result is a unique view of parallel lines of young plants, meticulously planted and ordered, each at the foot of tall metal stakes. The plants are protected by dark swathes of plastic sheeting, which makes a dramatic background, majestically highlighting the deep green vegetation and the red metal supports. Between each cultivated section, the barren soil stretches out in elegant diagonal fingers. The light brown tones of the latter have subtle patterns of their own, delightfully complementing the imposing lines of the cultivated areas. It is interesting to note that the planting and staking precision is interrupted at the top of the two rows on the right hand side of the picture. Here, the young plants do have somewhat ordered alternate positions, although the metal rods are absent, suggesting perhaps a different crop variety from the other rows. This does not detract, however, from the aesthetic design and masterful impact of this consummate print..." more.


Sacred Heart Cathedral #1 by Don Menges

As a fourth selection, Peter chose Don Menges' "Sacred Heart Cathedral #1 because not only is it an outstanding photograph, it dramatically illustrates the imaginative manner in which the author has dealt with the large variation in luminance values, resulting in a print that has exquisite tonal separation and quality, together with superb sharpness and subject detail, all of which are just extraordinary. I particularly like the imaginative viewpoint angled behind the altar, the modern design of which contrasts dynamically with the more elaborate and richly carved wooden pulpit. This inspired choice of camera position has the added bonus of capturing in great detail, the modern design features of the lovely tiled floor. The latter effortlessly takes one's eyes across to the vaulted arches all the way to the elegantly curved supports of the cathedral ceiling. In the background, the resplendent stained glass windows glow with a radiance befitting this regal setting. The impressive color palette has been superbly captured, which together with the masterly control of the available light, reveals every detail of the illustrious interior of this historic cathedral. It is very apparent that in all of Don's church interior prints, there is always a sense of majesty and reverence. I particularly have this feeling with the Sacred Heart Cathedral image, where there is a warmth and glow that resonates with the very presence of God. I sense the quietness of prayer and worship, and the rejoicing in the hearts of all of the people who come here...." more.

Fall Courses and Workshops at Image City
We are proud to announce our third series of Gallery Courses. Click here to learn the details of the Fall curriculum. Here is a quick mention of each course and workshop:
Learning About Your New Camera by Dick Bennett,
Cell Phone Photography by Gil Maker,
A Day of Shooting and Critique by Gil Maker,
Layers and Masks by Don Menges,
Creating the Fine Digital Print with Adobe Lightroom 4.0 by Steve Levinson,
Learn NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 by Gil Maker,
Hands on HDR by Don Menges and Carl Crumley,
Photoshop Elements 10 by Gil Maker,
and One-on-One Coaching by any Gallery Partner.
There is no mail-in or online registration. Please visit the Gallery to sign up for courses.
Call for Submissions - The Magic of Light 2013, our Juried show

Last week we sent out the first call for submissions for our juried exhibit in January 2013. Here is the invitation with links to the full details:


Dear Friends of Image City Photography Gallery, 

After five successful editions of our annual juried show, thanks to the quality of the work that has been previously submitted, we have been strongly encouraged to organize a sixth juried show. I am pleased, therefore, to let you know that the theme of the 2013 Image City Juried Theme Show is The Magic of Light. The theme is open, to give you freedom to create astonishing pictures.


You can find all details for your submission at the special link: The Magic of Light 2013 Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 585-271-2540.
All Gallery Partners look forward to receiving your submission by November 18, 2012 even better, if we receive it before October 26, 2011 - see details on the link above.


Feel free to forward this announcement to any of your friends and relatives who might be interested in participating in the Image City Juried Show, The Magic of Light 2013. There is a forward email link at the bottom of this announcement.


Gilbert Maker, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2013 Juried Show at Image City.  
Call for Submissions - Cell Phone Photography
 Deadline for Submissions is September 21 

Cell phones have become the camera of choice for many people. The camera phone is not only a way to take snapshots. It is becoming a new force in fine art photography. Image City Photography Gallery is pleased to announce the 2nd Juried Cell Phone Photography Exhibit. Submissions for the juried show begin August 18 and end September 21, 2012. The entry fee for the show is $20. The entry fee allows you to enter 4 images per entry.


Submission of images is as follows:


All images must be taken with a cell phone.

Any manipulation done to the images must be done on the cell phone. No COMPUTER manipulation is allowed.


Notice of acceptance for the show will be mailed out on September 28, 2012. For more information and a copy of the entry form click hereYou may also pick up an entry form at Image City Photography Gallery. 

Image City Critiques

At Image City on Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm


Each month, we enjoy a good turnout for Image City Critiques, our 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, October 3rd from 7:00-9:00 pm.


The assignment for this session is to shoot low-light images. Only ambient light is allowed. No flash. Send your two photographs for the assignment to share for discussion with the group to Gil Maker ( before Wednesday. October 3rd.
Rental Rates to Increase in 2013
Since the founding of Image City Photography Gallery in 2005, hundreds of photographers have taken the opportunity to exhibit their art with us. We are extremely grateful for their support of Image City. It is key to our success. The expenses for the operation of the Gallery are covered by the rental paid by guest photographers, by entry fees to juried shows, by sales commissions collected, and by Artists-in-Residence and Gallery Partner monthly contributions. We consistently strive to improve the gallery and are pleased when we receive so many glowing compliments for our efforts. With increased operating expenses, we have determined that we will need to make a modest price increase for the rental of exhibit space in the gallery. The price increase will begin with reservations made after January 1, 2013. If you are planning to exhibit in the future, it will be to your advantage to make your reservations for 2013 and 2014 prior to January 1 so that you can avoid the modest price increase. We look forward to hearing from returning artists as well as first-time exhibitors--you will find details on "How To" when you click this link -- exhibition opportunities. Again, a hearty Thank You! to all who have loyally supported Image City Photography Gallery.
Niagara Frontier Camera Clubs' 2012 Fall Seminar
 Plan Ahead for the November 10 Event 

Image City Photography Gallery is a proud sponsor of the Niagara Frontier Camera Clubs' 2012 Fall Seminar to be held in Hamburg, New York on November 10. Professional photographers Jay and Varina Patel will be making interesting and informative presentations at the seminar to be held at Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost of admission includes attendance at the event and lunch. To learn more about the 2012 Fall Seminar and to purchase tickets, please visit the NFRCC website at"
Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 


September 30 - Last day exhibit Places of Faith by Don Menges and Adriatic Impressions by Steve Levinson
October 3 - First day of exhibit by Joel Krenis, Steve Malloy Desormeaux, and John Solberg
October 3 - Image City Critiques, 7pm
October 5 - Opening Reception of exhibit by Joel Krenis, Steve Malloy Desormeaux, and John Solberg
October 5 - First Friday Gallery Night at Image City, 6 - 9pm
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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