News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #154   March 6, 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.



Mostly in New York by Devin Mack  

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, March 22

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


Our current exhibit is  Mostly in New York by Devin Mack, who is exhibiting a stimulating collection of his works on aluminum and print. The scenes represent areas of New York and select world locations that Devin has experienced. Joining him in the show is JFK/AJVK - John Kosboth, who is participating in the second of three exhibits as our current Visiting Artist and in the Neuberger Gallery, Carl Crumley. Guest photographers are John Retallack and Daniel Silver, as well as award-winning photographers from Camera Rochester competitions, Jason Abel, David Braitsch, Nikhil Nagane, and David Ridley. Rounding out the show will be Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Gary Thompson, and Phyllis Thompson and Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, and Sheridan Vincent. With the 20 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, March 22. 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".


Overload by John Kosboth -- John's work is meant to make you think.  Often, when you ask John what a particular photograph is about, he'll say; "What does it mean to you?"  He'll smile at you as you attempt to figure it out, knowing full well that that is always difficult to do. He knows what it means to him, but there is no wrong answer. John really wants to know what YOU see! So, here goes. I would assume that there is a tree house in the center of this photo as you can see the large trunk rooted firmly in the ground and the "ship" fully impaled by the trunk, but wait, there are massive billowing sails as if this tree-house-ship was actually going to move. Note the small "memory" just to the right of the mother ship! The Gallery lights and fan illuminate the scene nicely and keep our reality in check. John is telling us that our imagination is held in check by our deep roots that we find so hard to release so we can escape into all those clouds. The dark rectangle is the small world we have experienced the rest we have yet to discover. Finally, the swing. This is the connection to our childhood. Look how far it extends to the top. Imagination is where our child is.



 3 Photographs by Devin Mack -- There are many of Devin's photographs that easily deserve an acknowledgement of their quality, but this set of three photographs - Girl on the Brooklyn Promenade, Family Car Wash and Time for Ice Cream are great examples of the kind of street photography that tell stories. They are un-staged, captured in a moment from which we, as viewers, can invent a past history or project a future.  Each carries an emotional signature.


Is the girl sitting on the Brooklyn promenade just out for a walk?  Is she anticipating a get-together with someone?  Did a companion leave her sitting there refle­­­­­cting on their last conversation?  She is in focus both photographically and in our own attention... and then we can see the open space, the Bridge, and the iron fence fading into the distance.  Both the main character and the setting are beautifully presented.


The Family Car Wash brings a smile, just as it does for the girl being lifted to spray the roof of the family car.  It's a moment in the stream of water and the delight of both father and daughter.  The young son may be patiently waiting his turn.


Time for Ice Cream --Just sitting, enjoying the moment...or, looking at the woman's face more closely.... Is that a frown?  What is she seeing?  Or feeling?  There's a watch on her left arm.  Is that her late husband's old watch? The three photographs are daily life unfolding for very different people - and they give us a chance to share them, if only for a moment.  Thanks, Devin.


Handles Two by John Retallack -- John presents three images of handles from old cars in TriTone Prints (Black Ink with two Pantone inks) making for a controlled color space. These handles lovingly photographed, as relics of days gone by. The handles are arranged carefully but not symmetrically, and display varying amounts of corrosion. These contrast with the handles that are used today in autos, especially since there are fewer and fewer handles used. It is doubtful that in forty years or so there will be remnants of parts from today's cars available in this  condition. The camera is directed not straight down but at an angle with minimal shadows on the off white background.  One wishes that the real handles were available, to be able to feel the patina and rough surfaces that time has added to them. But the photograph lets one imagine handling these objects which is almost as satisfying. Too many remnants of the past are hidden away in old barns, garages or even thrown out. John has insured that at least these objects will be seen and enjoyed by a large audience.


Flamingo Reflection by Daniel Silver --  Daniel has exhibited a beautiful series of wildlife photographs.  Flamingo Reflection is a small gem. Seven flamingos line up in a straight line, each one posing slightly differently. They are evenly spaced and beautifully contrasted against the dark background.  What makes this photograph so good is that each one is clearly reflected in the water...almost as if they were standing on a mirror. So this photograph combines both excellent wild life photography with a very strong graphic composition. The pink of the flamingos is really the only major color in this photograph. There are no distracting background colors which would detract from this composition. The photograph has a calming effect upon the viewer, making it something that one could enjoy looking at after a stressful day.  



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.



Upcoming Call for Submissions

Photographers, be on the lookout for our upcoming email "Call for Submissions -- The Image Maker Series 2020" for our upcoming annual summer juried show. We have revamped it a bit and are excited that it will give participants more of an opportunity to exhibit their photographs at Image City Photography Gallery. Significant prizes will be awarded to the photographs judged the best of the exhibit.



Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


March 22, Last Day of Mostly in New York by Devin Mack

March 24, Through the Student Lens 2020, by area High Schools

March 27, 5 - 8:30 pm, Reception for Through the Student Lens 2020

April 1, 6:30 pm, Image City Critique Meeting

April 3, 5 - 9 pm, First Friday Gallery Night


 In Our 15th Year!


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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