It may seem ironic that photography, with its inherent emphasis on the still image, has always had a role in the documenting of movements and sounds of the performance based arts. If one looks at the early pictures from the 1880’s by Eadweard Muybridge they were locomotive studies in which the movement of animals and people were frozen. Moving forward to the explosion of early modernism in Paris in the 1920’s, Man Ray used photography and film to record the dancers, and the sets and backdrops of the Ballet...
“Lights, camera, clothes, models…” this is the call to action for the world of fashion photography. In the world of fashion, fame, and stardom, photographers must learn to function as directors, choreographers, and creative artists. From the early development of the camera to the present time, photographers have been both challenged and seduced by the possibilities of the camera to surpass the world of objects, clothes, and models and create a world of imagination, style, and cultural sophistication....
“Nightfall: The Silence of Space” is an exploration by three contemporary photographers into the expressive potential of manmade environments. Devoid of people, their images become eloquent and meditative portrayals of stillness through depictions of panoramic cityscapes, grand historic interiors, or urban parks. Each of these subjects can be thought of as multi-faceted dramatic sets that serve as the backdrops to human activity. The spaces quietly wait for life to unfold and remain silent before the...
“Still Life – The Pleasure of Stopping Time” surveys the manners in which photographers have explored and refreshed the great traditional genre from early in the twentieth century to innovative practices of today. Within photography, still lives have served as both conventional and experimental forms across many periods of significant aesthetic and technological change. By using straightforward as well as latent symbolism such as the motif of memento mori, or the impermanence of life, the camera came to be...
“The Voice of Persuasion – The Power of Inspiration” celebrates and explores those legendary personas over the past century who have had a decisive role in forming the contemporary world as we know it. Examining the role of inspiring leaders from a variety of spheres including politics, arts, and contemporary culture comes at a suitable moment given the current political atmosphere. Today’s most influential and powerful individuals are commonly represented through video and live-feed, but for many of those...
Summertime at Holden Luntz Gallery offers an opportunity to reflect on the past season and prepare for the next one. It also presents a time to delve into the gallery’s sizable collection and rediscover photographs that have had little exposure lately. Through creating and amassing an extensive inventory over two decades, the gallery has built a visual history shaped by the many explorations and directions of its photographers Technological changes in the medium with new developments in digital imaging...
The images included in the exhibition best demonstrate the various manners in which contemporary artists employ color photography as a vital aspect of their work. They have expanded the boundaries of what is typically associated with fine art photography and the commonly held notion from the early foundations of the medium that it should only be monochromatic. Although some avant-garde photographers would experiment with color from the early twentieth century, its acceptance into the realm of fine art...
Photography is a powerful medium. It can immediately captivate and enthrall a viewer with frozen moments that appear to be taken from reality. Pictures fascinate the viewer that cross the threshold of safety and blur the line between the personal and private world, and the public and shared world. Historically, photography has been the ultimate voyeuristic media capitalizing on the occasional pleasure of being a voyeur. Perhaps no other medium has such strength to present startling and confrontational...
Occupying a highly influential position within the development of photography, humanist imagery emerged in 1930s Europe to create a universal and poetic vision of mankind through its lyrical, realist portraits of common people. The goals of these photographers were to create photographic metaphors in which small activities pointed to larger human pleasures and sentiments. With expertly trained eyes, humanist photographers deftly captured activities such as lovers in the street or dark alleyways, children...
Photographers have been attracted by the expressive and emotive potential of the media since its inception over 100 years ago. Viewing a fixed moment caught in a hundredth of a second of time begs the question of what came before it, what will come after it, and why this particular moment and point of view is being shown. Many artists desire to become storytellers expressing an open-ended narrative full of potential for the viewer to investigate. The medium of photography is ripe for being exploited in...