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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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Work in “Motion” Exhibition in Budapest

Laurie says:

I’m back from my vacation (It was perfect!) and off to Wiscon this coming week.

While I was away, I was delighted to hear that one of my photographs is in the international exhibition Motion at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest (May 28th to June 17th 2015). It’s curated by the director Zsolt Bátori.

I thought that the concept was interesting and submitted the one photograph in all my work that involves motion. It’s my portrait of Junko Fukazawa from Women of Japan that was selected for the exhibition.
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Fukazawa Junko waving her hand
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The group of exhibition photos has a breadth that is conceptually fascinating. And the quality of the work is impressive.
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motionjuncture
Juncture by Vincent Leandro


Photography is a medium of still images; it cannot create the illusion of motion in the way moving images such as film, video or cartoons can. The static nature of the image itself, however, has never prevented photographers from putting motion in the centre of their endeavours. Instead of freezing the moment they often strive for capturing movement and the passing of time. Depicting or expressing motion is a welcome challenge for photographers; it is also the source of some of the most creative images in diverse photographic genres.

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motion lighthouse
The Wave and the Lighthouse by Michael Sean Edwards

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towardthe light
Toward the Light by Lee Atwell
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I tried to be careful in selecting photos from the exhibition for this blog. I tend to lean toward black and white and could easily have chosen only black and white photos. There is something about black and white and movement that clearly appeals to me. When you look at the photos in the exhibition be sure to click to enlarge them. A number of these images, because of the quality of motion, need to be seen larger to appreciate them. In the relationship between the viewer and the image in photography, size matters.