News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #153   February 7, 2020


Our Newsletter publishes during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of participation opportunities at Image City.  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 2020.



Full Circle by Don Menges 

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, February 23

First Friday Gallery Night, February 7, 5 - 9 pm       


Our current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery is Full Circle featuring the work of Gallery Partner, Don Menges. He presents photographs from six projects that range from various experiments, street subjects and landscapes with an emphasis on black-and-white. In the first of three exhibits as our current Visiting Artist, John Kosboth returns to the Gallery. John has a long association with Image City, and his current exhibit is a thought-provoking series from his stimulating work.  


Guest Photographers are Peter Blackwood and Devin Mack. Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton and David Perlman are exhibiting in the Neuberger Gallery. Camera Rochester members with award-winning photographs from club competitions are Amy Carpenter, John Ejaife, Joseph Niles, and Rick Warner. Rounding out he exhibit are Gallery Partner Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, and Sheridan Vincent. With the 18 photographers in the show you will find a broad range of subjects and styles. 



 Click Here to see our website listing and  Click Here to link to a preview of a stimulating selection of superb photographs in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, February 23. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all. Gallery Hours are noon-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday.  



Partners' Picks of the Exhibit

Gallery Partners have picked their favorite photographs by Featured and Guest Photographers in the exhibit, our choices for "Partners' Picks".


The Cow Gang by Peter Blackwood Peter is a nature and landscape photographer who enjoys making images of things that are interesting and hopefully beautiful.... Thus, The Cow Gang!  This photograph is interestingly engaging. These four gals (and possibly a couple more in the wedges) are looking right at us. It's as if they are standing, crowding at a doorway, framed by the photographer, waiting to join the coffee clutch just on the other side of the fence. The foliage in the fore ground tops out at the bottom third of the frame. The eyes of the bovine are right at the top wire, which is conveniently located at the top third of the frame. The eyes of runt of the "gang" are just below that line.  Those wires are perfectly positioned by the photographer. The color is desaturated, and the tones are soft creating a quiet and peaceful environment. Peter has done a wonderful job putting us in his place as if we are actually there conversing with these ladies. I feel like I know them.  



Dance Macabre by John Kosboth  

John's work transcends "traditional" photography though still using photographic elements in his compositions. He has a painterly approach to his work, assembling elements to create very challenging photographs.The use of colors contributes to the beauty of this photograph. He has chosen to use a strong orange square background almost hanging in space and then picks up the color in the figure. The top hat and the legs suggest to this writer that this is a rendering of a dancer...but that is left up to the imagination. As with much modern art, John does not just present a simple image that one can look at for a couple of seconds then move on to another photo.  The viewer should spend time with it, appreciating not only the color and graphic composition but think about how this photograph is linked to its title, Dance Macabre. Even after doing this, one leaves not sure that they understood the photograph and encourages them to come back and looks some more. Or better still bring it home and hang it in their home. John goes way beyond just presenting "pretty" images...he challenges the viewer with all of his work, and this is what makes his work stand out so strongly.


Lady by Devin Mack   Devin departs from the "traditional" head shot with this very creative portrait of a "lady". He employs high contrast and a posterization technique to create a strong graphic composition. The subject contrasts strongly with the black background and with the limited color palate makes for an almost surreal photograph. Almost all of the fine textures have been removed leaving just the eyes, nose and mouth-especially the eyelashes. 

The pose is intriguing...the hand in front of the open it a yawn, singing, a moment of pleasure or something else? That is left to the viewer to decide for themselves.

The finish of this photograph, large in size, printed on a reflective medium makes for a wonderful presentation.



Edge of Clarity by Don Menges  This major show of Don Menges reinforces his creative skills and variety in making photographs. It is a somewhat retrospective of his work over the last years.Edge of Clarity is an Award a recent issue of Black and White Magazine....which it truly deserves. The photograph is somewhat reminiscent of some of the portrait work by Robert Mapplethorpe. However, the model is not of this world....a mannequin. The drape of the head scarf envelopes her head, beautifully framing it. Using Black and White allows the viewer to focus on the composition and subject and not be distracted by color....just allowing them to enjoy blacks, whites and articulated grays. Strengthening this photograph is the technique Don used to separate the subject from the viewer...a frosted barrier.Although hard to pick on photograph from this excellent show, this photograph stands out as a beautiful creation.



Image City Critique Group  


The Image City Critique Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:30 pm at the Gallery.  We often have assignments to complete before each meeting. If you are interested in joining us send an email to Don Menges ( and he will put you on the email list.



Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


February 23, Last Day of Full Circle

February 25, First Day of new Exhibit by Devin Mack 

February 28, 5 - 8:30 pm, Reception for Devin Mack Exhibit

March 4, 6:30 pm, Image City Critique Meeting

March 6, 5 - 9 pm, First Friday Gallery Night



Image City Photography Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6pm

Sunday Noon - 4pm


There is no admission fee to visit Image City

in the Heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts 

 where our mission is to create a quality exhibition and learning experience for photographers and the art-loving community.


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