|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
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.
Shapes, Light, & Color.... an ode to architecture by Dan Neuberger
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, June 9
Join Us!! June 7th is First Friday Gallery Night
The current exhibit is Shapes, Light
, & Color
... an ode to architecture by Dan Neuberger, a founding partner at Image City. In addition to a stroll down memory lane with a number of his classic photographs, mostly architectural studies, and a return to his study of the color and shapes of Santorini, Dan debuts a portfolio of abstract design and color. The exhibit keenly demonstrates his mastery of the capture of shapes, light, and color.
Steve Levinson has an extended exhibit of his recent travels to Patagonia, Argentina with a study of their people and environment.
In our East Gallery, Daniel E. Platten is a guest photographer with an exhibit, a life-long series of photographs he titled A Look Through my Lens. Additional Guest Photographers are Ryan Beattie, Steve Clough, Joel Krenis, and Paul Zachman. The Camera Rochester exhibit has competition-winning photographs by Bev Cronkite, Archie Curry, Tom Kredo, Teresa Hastings, Susanne Roth, and Judy VanBuskirk.
We round out the show with Gallery Partners and Artist-in-Residence Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.
for a link to the details and a preview of images in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, June 9. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all.
Peter Marr's Picks from the Exhibit
Peter Marr picked four photographs by the featured photographers in the exhibit for his Peter's Picks of the Show. We include a portion of his commentary on his selections. You can also find the full discussions and larger images by clicking here.
Peter's first selection is from Dan Neuberger's series Shapes, Light, & Color. "This scintillating exhibition is an awesome tribute to the artistic vision, versatility and breathtaking talents of Dan. I am proud to say with absolute sincerity, that he is the most gifted and creative photographer that I have ever known. Dan has the tenacity and strength to let go of certainties and explore new concepts with amazing success. The 7 pieces that are expressively titled Shapes, Light, & Color form a dazzling display of futuristic designs and electrifying colors, that have uplifting impact and radiance, both individually, and as a combined group. I chose #4 to comment further on, because not only is it my favorite image, it is the one that I wanted to explore in greater depth beyond the initial impact. The range of vibrant, saturated hues are extraordinary, with seemingly every color of the rainbow represented, and together with the authoritative linear design features, the end result is a truly stellar image. The techniques used to create the latter, are a great tribute to the author's masterly expertise and creativeness. Dan wants to pull us into a more intimate relationship with our thoughts and feelings, so it is pertinent to ask the viewer what the photograph emotionally says or offers.
In a second selection, this from Dan's Santorini series, Peter notes that "Visiting the magical islands of Greece, one is captivated by the blaze of saturated hues, set against the pure white buildings and an ever-present brilliant blue sky, and where the sun impressively details breathtaking scenic splendors. Many of Dan's outstanding prints in this exhibition are in full color, but many are in black and white, a media he has used artistically, to fully reveal the architectural beauty of Santorini to its fullest. Confucius so eloquently stated that 'Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it,' but in his wonderful achromatic print, Santorini Planes, Dan has given us a creative, stellar image, that every viewer cannot fail to be entranced and captivated by. The elimination of color gives a stronger sense of light and shadow, and the tonal contrasts emphasize the shapes dramatically. The gray scale gradations are superb, wonderfully illustrating the architectural beauty of shape and form, taking Ansel Adam's zone system to the ultimate stage of perfection. The bold, dynamic design elements from the purest white to the darkest black, all contribute to an electrifying, almost abstract image, that is very powerful and endearingly beautiful. I say almost abstract, because it is not too difficult to imagine that the white element in the left center could easily represent some animal form. Tantalizingly, there is also a step, albeit stairless, and a vertical rise that leads up to this figure. The presence of a non-linear design, especially as it has the highest luminance level may trouble some viewers, especially those with digital removal expertise. I am glad that the author did not attempt to follow this path. The end result is a dramatic, compelling print, where the fusion of eye catching gray scales has been exquisitely captured, to reveal a architectural masterpiece of incomparable majesty and power."
From Steve Levinson's photographs of Patagonia, Peter picked Cigarette, Patagonia, observing "Whether it is a photograph of a Rhea superbly captured against the high pampas grasses, or a portrait of a Patagonian man, Steve eloquently shows us his expansive diversity of subject matter, offering us two memorable prints from his exciting and outstanding exhibition. Cigarette is an inspiring and intimate character study of a dignified gentleman, who is proud of his heritage, his lifestyle, his accomplishments in life, one who exudes confidence for the future for himself, his family and for his country. The impressive wide-brimmed hat deflects the overhead sun, resulting in the man being illuminated just with soft lighting that is gorgeous, with just enough directionality to fully emphasize his wonderfully expressive facial features, with every line and wrinkle detailed to perfection. The thoughtful eyes have an amusing twinkle, that suggests that although he has had a tough hard working life, he has risen deservedly up to a position of some prominence in the community. He is aware that others look up to him for leadership, one who could be a reliable source for advice and information. The color palette is very good, and I love the way that the red tie is casually knotted and worn loosely around the neck, highlighting the wide open shirt collar. The Patagonian gentleman's neatly trimmed moustache is further evidence that he is very particular regarding his appearance, in spite of the fact that he is smoking a cigarette. I would surmise that he has embraced smoking for most of his adult life, a habit that is probably a way of life for his family and the community. I am particularly struck by his close rapport with Steve. He was obviously delighted to be photographed, and Steve did an amazing job, resulting in a masterly portrait that every viewer should be totally impressed by, including the subject himself, I only hope that he gets the chance to receive a copy of this fascinating image..... more."
The fourth of Peter's selections is Steve's Claws, Patagonia-- "I have always been extremely impressed by the excellent prints that Steve has exhibited every month at the Image Gallery, and I have been especially amazed at his extraordinary versatility and the imposing variety of subject matter that he has photographed. As further proof of his creative talents and artistic vision, his images from a recent visit to Patagonia are really outstanding. Of the stellar prints incorporating huge ice floes, I was particularly inspired by Claws, in which the huge ice formations superbly show the environmental ravages of particularly the sea and the wind, which together with severe temperature fluctuations, give rise to a dynamic structural pattern, in a lovely picturesque setting. The dramatic high cliffs which have green foliage clinging to the surface, form a towering, colorful backdrop to the ice floes, the latter appearing to rear up in compelling fashion, as though taunting the elements to do their worst, for they appear to be ready for anything that could be used against them. The photograph was taken on a fairly calm day for this remote area of South America, so the viewer has the opportunity to study and admire the transient beauty at the site of one of nature's memorable and relentless clashes. One is very aware of the combined forces of the sun, wind and sea, relentlessly battering the huge ice structure. In doing so, these elements have succeeded in carving out unique formations in the latter, giving rise to uplifting creations that any sculptor would be proud of.......more."
|Additional Gallery Picks|
In addition to Peter's Picks, we have made four additional selections from the exhibit.
Chinese Fishing Nets by Joel Krenis-- Joel's photograph of fishing nets in India mirror the shape of the boats on which they are used. This photo shows gesture or movement, directing the eye in a dramatic manner. Minimal use of color does not distract from the strong graphic composition. The white sky allows the viewer to focus on the nets and visually explore the intricate details. Photographing from another location probably would have made for a lesser photograph. Finding beauty is such a commonplace thing as a set of fishing nets exhibits the excellent eye of the photographer.
Chase Tower by Paul Zachman-- Making something familiar, that we may pass every day, into a strong visual image is a wonderful direction in creating a fine art photograph and is wonderfully illustrated by Chase Tower. The perspective of the iconic Chase building from a position that most people purposely never go to makes this photograph a powerful graphic image. Paul's black and white technique dramatically contributes to the composition. Reducing the photograph to a black and white image with minimal grays is a very creative approach, which he uses to his advantage in his photographs. His eight photographs exhibited in this show work very well together, exhibiting a constancy of direction and technique applied to all local locations in Rochester.
|Call for Work: Portfolio Showcase 2013 at Image City|
Submission Deadline is June 16.
NOTE: You can save on the entry fee with submissions before June 2.
We were pleased with the early response and entries following our recent announcement that Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and PixelPreserve was calling for submissions for the Portfolio Showcase 2013. Also see the next article where we are excited to announce the new judges for the competition.
This is our fifth year for the Portfolio Showcase. With a total value of $5000 in prizes and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize, we think that 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 $200 award certificate applicable towards purchase of any of the many products and services offered by Lumiere Photo 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.
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 16, 2013 at the latest, even better if we receive it before June 2nd, 2013 - see details at the link above.
Steve Levinson, Gallery Partner,
Chairman of the Portfolio Showcase 2013
| Announcement of Judges for Portfolio Showcase 2013|
This year we are excited to announce that we have two distinguished judges for the Portfolio Showcase 2013, Christine Heusner and Professor Andrew Davidhazy! Christine and Andrew will determine the eight winners from all of the excellent submissions that we receive.
Christine Heusner is a Lecturer in Media Sciences. She received her B.A. in Art with a concentration in photography from Elmira College and her M.F.A in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. Christine is an exhibiting artist and her digital and photographic work has been shown nationally and internationally in public exhibitions. Prior to RIT, she worked in photographic studios specializing in commercial, and portrait photography, design, and fine-art printing. Christine has been an invited lecturer, panelist, and artist at a number of photographic events and develops and presents workshops about digital imaging and photography.
Professor Andrew Davidhazy retired from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology after 45 years of service. While specializing in high speed, photoinstrumentation, ballistic, forensic, infrared, ultraviolet and various other scientific and technical aspects of photography he is almost equally active in the application of technical imaging concepts to aesthetic purposes. He has lectured and exhibited widely and his writings have been published in numerous books, articles and journals worldwide. He was the Kodak Inaugural Visiting professor to Australia in 1992 and has also been an exhibitor and guest lecturer at photographic and educational institutions in Argentina, Sweden, France, Brazil and many other societies and organizations. He is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching at RIT and is a Fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology and the International Society for Optical Engineering.
Image City Critiques
At Image City on Wednesday, June 5 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 monthat Image City. The assignment for the June 5th session is to shoot five images at either Seneca Park or the Zoo. Creativity and cohesiveness are the elements we are looking for.
|Calendar of Events|
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
June 5 Gallery Critiques Meeting 7pm
June 7 First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9 pm
June 9 Final Day for Shapes, Light, and Color.... an ode to architecture by Dan Neuberger
June 12 Opening Day of exhibit Spiritual Moments by Jim Hartsen as the featured artist
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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