|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
|Issue: # 64||February 28, 2013|
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 2013.
Peter's Picks 2011: a Retrospective
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, March 17
Join Us!! March 1st is First Friday Gallery Night
Visitors to Image City really enjoy the "Peter's Picks" feature where Peter Marr, local photographer and well-known judge in photography competitions, picks his favorite photographs from the show by the featured and guest photographers. He then writes a thought-provoking review of the photograph. The current show, Peter's Picks 2011: a Retrospective
is a wonderful opportunity to see most all of the picks from the shows in 2011. Thirty-six photographers have returned with their select photos chosen by Peter, or selected by gallery partners when Peter was not available for the show. A ringing endorsement of the exhibit came from a long-time supporter of Image City who visited with a photographer friend from New York City -- "I can only say that it is just a fabulous show. When I walked in the door, I knew any Peter's Picks recap could only be phenomenal. And it was. Peter just picks the best. The show rocked. We were all stunned. Good job everyone."
In our East Gallery, Christine Heusner, Professor in the School of Media Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, exhibits a beautiful series of images taken in China while she was teaching photography courses in Shanghai. Additional Guest Photographers are Susan Kaye and winners of Camera Rochester competitions Stan Hattman, Lynda Howland, Joyce Pearson, Loretta Petralis, Michelle Turner, and Karen Walker. We are also pleased to collaborate with our neighbor Writers and Books
with a series of photographs taken in Mexico to coincide with the reading of the book Into the Beautiful North
by Luis Alberto Urrea as part of the series "If all of Rochester Read the Same Book."
We round out the show with Artists-in-Residence and Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.
for a link to the details and preview of images in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 17. There is no admission fee at Image City and is accessible to all.
Gallery Picks from the Exhibit
For this exhibit, Gallery Partners have made selections and written reviews of the work by our Guest Photographers. Peter Marr, who usually makes the selections, was not available to do it for this exhibit. You can also find the full discussions and larger images by clicking here.
Two photographs were selected from Christine Heusner's exhibit. For In China 951 "Christine has captured her impressions of China in her wonderful series of images. A somewhat ordinary building has been converted into a strong graphic statement in this image. The roof and top of the wall provide strong thrusting lines which are offset by the calm windows. Including a bit of blue laundry provide a bit of whimsy as well as the only strong color in the image. The facade of the building shows off the years that this building must have stood in the environment. The almost bullet hole like patches, lighter than the rest of the wall break up the facade in just one part of the wall. One wonders about what caused the need for the resident to make these patches. This image takes a subject that one might pass by without noticing, instead making a striking image because the artist stopped and looked!"
With China 616 "Christine captures a delicious slice of a very modern city of Shanghai. It is interesting to note that except for the exclusion of the modern dress the image could be many many years older. The expression on the man's face is priceless...enjoying his simple meal in what might be a temple. Selective focus strongly guides the viewer's eye to the man but still establishes the candles and frames the dining man. The windows at the top of the image coupled with the candles direct your eyes while still allowing to take in the entire scene."
Susan Kaye's Honda Superhawk was selected from a theme series -- "Susan continues to refine and improve her fascinating technique of taking 'ordinary' subjects and creating strong almost abstract images. The strong graphics of this image is enhanced by the use of a bold primary red.... emphasizing the almost flower-like form made from a subject that one would not think flower-like... a motorcycle! It brings back memories of childhood kaleidoscopes. The first ones used colored pebbles and glass pieces. Then progressing to kaleidoscopes that distort whatever you aim them at. Susan apparently has not lost this fascination. The name on the motorcycle and the manufacturer's name also are a significant component of this image as they are shown in a way that helps ground the viewer while still keeping the image to be challenging to the viewer. Please look at the booklet Susan has provided as it shows the single image 'raw material' that she has so masterfully converted into these images."
The selection of John Solberg's Refugee Kids is from the series of photographs from Mexico and the Writers and Books collaboration. "John Solberg has skillfully produced a very poignant photograph of seven Mexican refugee youngsters. A distinct feeling of distrust is clearly written on the faces of these children. It is also clear that a strong feeling of camaraderie and protectiveness exists within their group. This protectiveness is apparent by the way the kids have lapped arms around other kids and how they have assembled so closely together. The distrustful and anxious expressions on the faces of the boys are dramatic and haunting. The girl on the right side of the image has a more pleasant but also more na´ve look on her face. Their clothing indicates a deep level of poverty. The look in their eyes shows wariness and uncertainty. By viewing the image one can't help but be sympathetic and concerned about the plight and future of these children. Is the boy holding up his 'toy on a string' proud of his skill in using the toy? Why does the boy on the left almost seem to be hiding a similar toy? There doesn't seem to be a leader. Has one of them emerged as a leader and in what direction has he or she led? The photograph makes the viewer want to know more about what has happened to each of these kids. What kind of a life has each of them been able to create? Have any of them been able to become educated and perhaps enjoy a productive life? Their apparent conditions tell us that this is unlikely. John's image of these young refugees is truly a masterpiece. One cannot view the photograph without feeling deep emotion and sincere concern for the plight and welfare of these children."
We appreciate the opportunity to exhibit the award-winning photographs from competitions at Camera Rochester, a premiere local camera club. From their exhibit, we have selected Santa Fe Pennants by Karen Walker. "The city of Santa Fe New Mexico has been photographed by many due to the striking nature of a capital city that maintains the Spanish heritage of its founding. Covered walkways coupled with the wonderful New Mexican light have been wonderfully captured in this image. Using perspective control, strong vibrant colors and the counterpoint of the figure in the background, Karen has created an image that is almost tunnel like but still festive with the bright banners. The strong compositional use of repetition and recession draw the viewers eye inward, taking them on a journey passing by the pennants to the person in the background. The word 'Entrance' on the back pennant reinforces the concept that after this visual journey you have arrived!"
|Image City Commemorative T-Shirts and Poster|
| Available in Limited Editions |
Image City is proud to announce that the current is our 100th exhibit. To commemorate our 100th exhibit we have produced a limited quantity of T-Shirts with our Image City logo on it together with an embedded "100". These are unique and we don't plan to produce any more, so you may want to grab one for yourself at $20 including tax. We also have produced a commemorative poster that features all 100 of the front side of the showcards that we produce for each show. Again, limited quantities are available at a price of $10, tax included.
Image City Critiques
At Image City on Wednesday, March 6th 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. The assignment for the March 6th meeting of the Image City Critiques Group is "shadows and/or silhouettes". We have inaugurated the Image City Critiques Flickr Group. It's a private group on Flickr, so you have to be invited to join. Contact Don Menges for more information.
|Niagara Frontier Camera Clubs' 2013 Convention|
|March 15, 16, and 17, 2013 |
Image City Photography Gallery will be attending as a proud sponsor of the Niagara Frontier Camera Clubs' 2013 Convention. Check their website for current details. The keynote speakers are Nevada Wier, an award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the world and the cultures that inhabit them, Rob Stimpson, an internationally published, award-winning photographer best known for capturing the wilds of the Canadian outdoors, and Harry Benson, with a photojournalistic look at the last 50 years. Numerous speakers at the convention have many topics of interest to photographers. It will certainly be an instructional and enjoyable weekend of Photography. Image City will have a table in the lobby of the conference center so be sure and stop by and say hello. Visit the NFRCC website at www.nfrcc.org/convention
for details and registration information.
|Calendar of Events|
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
March 1 First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9 pm
March 6 Image City Critiques Group 7pm
March 17 Final Day for Peter's Picks 2011: a Retrospective
March 15, 16, and 17 Niagara Frontier Camera Club 2013 Convention
Image City Photography Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4
There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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