Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 79May 1, 2014

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We publish our Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of 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 the 13 shows we produce in 2014.

In This Issue
Our Current Show: Cuba! Through 36 Eyes
Peter's and Gallery Picks of the Show
Image City Critiques Group meets 7pm, May 7
Call for Submissions: Portfolio Showcase 2014
Mark Your Calendars: David Fitzsimmons Here in June
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

Cuba! Through 36 Eyes

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, May 18


Join Us!! May 2nd is First Friday Gallery Night  


The current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery, CUBA! Through 36 Eyes brings together the creative works of a group of American Photographers residing from Maine to Florida, a talented Cuban travel guide, two noted Cuban photographers, a fabric artist and two  well-known Rochester artists. In January 2014, the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery sponsored a  trip to Cuba licensed by the US State Departments program -- People to People. The group spent time in Havana, Pinar del Rio province, Cienfugos and Trinidad; they toured museums, historic sites and artist studios; enjoying many unique and educational experiences.


The art in the exhibit underscores the creative inspiration that Cuba provides -- it has become an "in" place to visit. It is often seen as a country frozen in time. Take a cab and it can be a 1948 Chevrolet, walk down streets that are unchanged from Spanish Colonial times, walk through a city which is both beautiful and crumbling and interact with wonderful, friendly and diverse people. 


The artists exhibiting are: Jessie Drew-Cates, Stu Berger, Brian Fleming, Ann Forrest, Cindy Haigh, Steve Levinson, Sheila Nelson, Terri Sipone, Michelle Turner, Zerbe Sodervick, Edie Small, Sandy Morris, Katherine Garren, Maria Winston, Teresa Hastings, Jorge Perez, Alejandro Mendenez, and Julio Muņoz. 


Additionally, long-time supporter and Artist-in-Residence, David Perlman will exhibit his Frames of Mind in the East Gallery. Guest photographers for the show are Paul Drew Drushler, Shawn Kosmala, Leslie Mentel and Gaetano Scollo.


The exhibit will also include the work of Gallery Partners and Artists-in-Residence: Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Jim Patton, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, and Phyllis Thompson.


Click Here to see a preview on our website of a selection of photographs from the exhibit. There is no admission fee at Image City and is accessible to all. 

Peter's Picks and Gallery Picks

We are very fortunate to have Peter Marr, photographer, competition judge, and past president of the Kodak Camera Club, select his "picks" of the featured and guest artists in the show after a very careful critical review. We enjoy the added feature he brings to the exhibit by way of an enlightening review of the chosen photo and with his thoughts on what attracted him to it. We publish his comments with the photo in the exhibit and online, as well as in the newsletter. We very much appreciate Peter's contributions. Peter picked four photos from the exhibit and will share a portion here. To see the full commentary, click here


With Smoking by Cuban photographer, Julio Muņoz, Peter noted that "Spontaneity is an essential component of the photographer's art, and here, the artist has brilliantly captured a haunting image, that offers so much more than a pictorial representation of the generation gap in rural Cuba. Just by itself, the vignette of a middle aged man, sitting on the sidewalk, deep in thought, is an uplifting and riveting portrait. The exquisite lighting reveals superb detail and contrast, from the elegant straw hat to the remarkable features and definition in the man's face and arm, where every fold and furrow are strikingly outlined. The powerful upward thrust of his arm, all the way to the strong, expressive fingers that expertly hold and caress the ever present habano, belie the fact that the observer is always drawn to his contemplative gaze, a look that has a hint of sadness, but that is seemingly oblivious to the world around him. I love the way that the gentle curves in the hat mirror the lines in the gentleman's jacket, all of which contribute to make this image so memorable. In the background, artistically captured in soft focus, people are going about their daily lives that are highlighted by two young boys cycling past, enjoying every moment of their freedom in the warm afternoon sun. It is significant that the youth in the lead is very much aware of the man sitting by the side of the roadway, the badly broken surface of which relates sadly to the crumbling infrastructure much evident in this rural area. Without looking up, we sense that the man is very much aware of the boys cycling past, just as he probably did when he was young, perhaps a time when the road surface was smooth and unbroken, and at a time where his aspirations for his life in the future were very positive...... more."


With Terri Sapone's Indecent Proposal, Peter observed "This is a dynamic and expressive image of intrigue and romance, that has been artistically seen and captured, a decisive moment set in strikingly colorful surroundings. Ironically, if the print contained only one person, with the man or the woman, the end result would have been an impressive print, but with the two people posed so provocatively, the exhibited image is imposing and captivating. The background is a powerful juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical lines, and these dynamic graphic lines are wonderfully augmented by saturated red, white and blue hues. This vivid color scheme is carried over into the apparel of the man and the woman, particularly in the latter, where her clothes and shoes take on a more pastel nature, with an astonishing variety of colors and values. In keeping with the stronger graphic design, the vertical bars on the window indicate both a security concern, and also give the impression that one is experiencing perhaps a prison environment, especially if the conversation between the man and the woman were of a sexual nature. One should not construe that there is any act of indulging in a promiscuous sexual relationship that is transpiring here, just a pleasant conversation between friends and neighbors. The man's admiration for the woman is self-evident, although there is a high level of both concern and anticipation. The woman, on the other hand is an attentive listener, but she also has that air of confidence such that if negotiations are taking place, they are definitely on her terms. This is a stellar and discerning image, one that has high impact in its amazing realism and sensitivity, and one that every observer can both admire and draw their own conclusions as to what they imagine they are witnessing."


Peter found Woman and Child by Michelle Turner to be "a resplendent, story-telling-image, in which time has briefly been put on hold, so that one can fully appreciate and admire a culture and way of life that has little changed over countless years. Yes, the bright red umbrella, the woman's clothes and the plastic carryall are obviously of modern vintage, but the setting and mode of transportation, certainly transcends time in a delightful fashion. The background, with shuttered windows gracing a poorly painted wall, both of which show evidence of serious deterioration, appear to be part of a courtyard. The latter opens up to reveal part of a large edifice, with stone steps that lead up to a religious sculpture that is only partially seen in the picture frame. It is possible that the structure is situated outside a church entrance, and that the driver of the horse-drawn conveyance is inside and out of our view. What one does see, is a horse, decoratively arraigned, hitched firmly to an old wooden cart, patiently awaiting the return of his master. In this rather crude but historic mode of transportation, there is a mother and young child occupying a rather undistinguished wooden seat at the back of the conveyance, and like the horse, they are anxiously awaiting the driver's return. The cart is probably typical of the mode of transportation that is commonly used in this area, and the left bald tire that is attached to the rear axle is evidence both of old age and the non-affordability of a replacement tire. It is probable that several different horses have in time provided the pulling power for this antique, but very effective and inexpensive "taxi-cab." The charming red umbrella that shelters the occupants from the direct sun, together with the blue and yellow tote, add splashes of color that enliven the entire scene. The artist has creatively and lovingly captured a way of life that is both simple and highly efficient, resulting in an image that has a quietness and entrancing quality that is just priceless."


In choosing Pollution by Alejandro Mendenez, Peter determined that "In my mind, this is the most striking and dynamic image in this impressive and vibrant exhibition of Cuban life, seen through the eyes of 18 photographers. This picture has a spirit and a soul and makes a strong visual statement of a man working in a hazardous environment, probably for a menial pay reward. Although his job is probably associated with the railroad, it's as though he was dropped down from a different world, like an imposing alien thrust into a seemingly peaceful setting, that is enhanced by a background sky that has delightful cloud formations. This worker is wearing an impressive pre- 1950's mask, and he would not be out of place in London during a 1940's blitz, as a rescuer searching for survivors in the building rubble after an air raid. It is certainly possible that the complex mask is the only type available, and like the cars in the streets, has been handed down from past generations. Every part of the worker's face and clothing are covered with particulate residue, and one hopes that at the end of a hard day's work, he is able to get a shower and change of clothing. This is a head and shoulder's portrait of captivating drama and superb quality..... more."


In addition to Peter's Picks, we often make additional Gallery Picks from the guest photographers exhibits.


Funnel by Shawn Kosmala -- Funnel, is one of a series of dramatic photographs, where Shawn creates a great image of an item that is weathered and punished  with age. He effectively interprets the strong graphic elements of the composition and the wonderful patina of the rusted funnel to demonstrate that it is not necessary to be in a beautiful place to make a great photograph. His use of dark frames and a black mat enhance the pallet provided by this industrial icon.  After viewing Shawn's work I wanted to go out and find old, weathered and abandoned factories to photograph similar objects. Shawn not only records what he sees, but puts a personal interpretation into his photographs making them stand-alone, personal statements.  His other work in this series, shows a similar high level of skill in making mundane subjects into great artistic statements.  





Leslie Mentel's series of photographs documents his recent trip to China. Artifacts is the most abstract of the series and displays his strong compositional sense. He states that the monastery walls were of varying ages and states of repair; many people would simply walk by these walls and not see their beauty. He manipulates the variations of light and color to present an essentially simple, yet dramatic display of how a small detail in a very large place can provide the inspiration for such a wonderful photograph. It is easy to take photographs of subjects in a representational manner, but putting your own self and visual creativity into an architectural detail is the mark of an excellent photographer. The mark of any great piece of art is that it leaves in the viewer a desire to see more of the artist's abstract work, and this is certainly accomplished by this photograph.  

Image City Critiques: Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm
The Critique Group will meet again in just about a week... Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00 pm. Your assignment is "close up" photography.  You want to get as close to your subject as you can and still be able to focus on your subject; usually "part" of an object.  Macro photography is getting so close you have a 1:1 aspect ratio with your subject. Here are a couple of examples. Email your images before the meeting to Don Menges
Photographers' Call for Submissions: Upcoming Competition at Image City 

We are pleased to announce that Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and pixelPRESERVE are calling for submissions for the Portfolio Showcase 2014.   


This is our sixth year for the Portfolio Showcase and we would like to invite your participation and submissions to the juried competition. We think you will continue to find this initiative fun, challenging and attractive:   


Fun, because we ask you to submit a cohesive portfolio of 8 (no more, no fewer) images that represent  your best work. 


Challenging, because only the best 8 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 $100 award certificate applicable towards purchase of any of the many  products and services offered by Lumiere Photo and another $100 award certificate toward book design and production at Denison Creative and  pixelPRESERVE. Also, each winner will receive a complimentary 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. We will also award a Grand Prize winner from the eight selected portfolios. 


Click Here for full details and the entry form for your submission that you can download as well as links to the participating sponsors where you will also find hardcopy entry forms available at Image City Photography GalleryLumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and pixelPRESERVE.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at .    


All the Gallery Partners and the Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and pixelPRESERVE teams look forward to receiving your submission by June 15, 2014 at the latest, even better if we receive it before June 1st, 2013 - see details at the link above.  


Steve Levinson, Gallery Partner,  

Chairman of the Portfolio Showcase 2014
David Fitzsimmons, Sigma Pro Photographer and Writer, here in June
Mark Your Calendar for events on June 20 and June 21

Well-known photographer and writer David Fitzsimmons will have his work on display at the gallery for our show opening June 17. While in town David will be making an interesting and informative presentation on his experience self-publishing his photo books, as well as conducting a photography workshop on the subject of macro and closeup photography including the use of light tents, with some interesting live "critters" on hand as models (think frogs, caterpillars, birds, etc.!). Put these dates on your calendar and we'll be giving you more details as we get closer:


Self-publishing presentation at Writers & Books next door to the gallery on Friday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
Macro and closeup photography workshop at 1600 East Avenue on Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m.
Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 


May 2 First Friday Gallery Night, 5 - 9 pm
May 7 Image City Critiques, 7 pm

May 18 Sunday, Last Day for Cuba! Through 36 Eyes

May 20 Opening day next exhibit by Betsy Phillips, Gallery Partner

April 23 Opening Reception for next exhibit


Image City Photography Gallery  

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 Sunday, Noon - 4    


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