The Art of Photography: My Image in Exhibition in Rome

Laurie says:

I’m very delighted to have a photograph in “The Art of Photography“. The PH21 Gallery exhibition is presented in Rome, in collaboration with KromArt Gallery and Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams, a renowned Italian center for photography. (Oct 9th thru 30th)

I’ve had worked exhibited in 3 continents and five European countries, but this is the first time I’ve had work shown in Italy. It’s the photo of Debbie and Tracy from my book “Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes.” When I was working on Women En Large  with my writing partner Debbie Notkin, we worked very hard to have the work seen as broadly as possible.  This makes exhibition of the photo very special.

The exhibition was beautifully curated by Zsolt Bátori from the PH21 Gallery:

Although photography first emerged as a technological invention, it was also quickly conceived as an artistic practice as well. Pictorialist photographs in the nineteenth century were created to look like paintings, while advocates of straight photography in the first part of the twentieth century strived for the purely photographic means of creating photographic meanings. Street photographers devote the medium to capturing the fleeting moment, while in the last decades of the 20th century many photographers turned to staging and directing in order to utilize photography for artistic visual communication. Art photography also includes numerous genres and creative practices from portraiture, landscape and still life to abstract and conceptual photography. contemporary photographers {were asked} to show how they understand art photography in the 21st century.

When I first started as a photographer there were still rules about what was photographic “art” and what was not. There were still people who believed that color photography was not “art” and this was only 30 years ago. One of the many things I like about this exhibition is the remarkable breadth of the work. All of the photographs in the exhibition are here at the Ph21 Gallery. They are well worth seeing not only for the quality but also for the diversity of the images. They give a real sense of the complexity of the medium

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