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The New Center – A lot is changing — and a lot is staying the same.

Posted by staff on January 19, 2018

The Future of the Center For Fine Art Photography

It’s an exciting time for The Center for Fine Art Photography. A lot is changing — and a lot is staying the same.

 

First, here’s what’s changing: The Center is moving from our longtime home at 400 North College Avenue. We’ve been here for over nine years but find the need to adapt to the new ways the public views and consumes art.

 

The Center is becoming a bit nomadic, providing our audience with stimulating, more fluid experiences for viewing photography. This year, we’ll be hosting eight exhibitions at various locations around the city.

 

We’re evolving our business model. It’s a little bit thrilling, a little bit scary, and a bit overdue. Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed changes in the world of fine art photography. In order to remain relevant, we knew we needed to be bold in our approach and reinvention.

 

Now for what isn’t changing: what you can expect from The Center for Fine Art Photography.

 

The Center will still be bringing you provocative and thoughtfully curated exhibitions. We’re still committed to promoting a broader understanding of photography’s visual, emotional, and social impact in society. We’ll continue to offer free admission to our internationally acclaimed exhibitions. We’ll still provide opportunities for the public to meet and interact with emerging and renowned photographers at our artist’s talks and public receptions.

 

By becoming a bit nomadic, we’re able to beef up our programming. Programming takes an exhibition to a deeper level. It’s one thing to view the work of legendary and emerging photographers hanging together on a wall. It’s quite another to engage in immersive and educational events and workshops, where a stronger understanding and appreciation of the art form is nurtured. Programming gives the community an opportunity to do a deep dive by comparing and contrasting historic and contemporary photography; to see the influences of these groundbreaking pioneers on subsequent generations of photographers, and to kindle a flame in those who have yet to embrace the photographic arts.

We’re developing more opportunities for engagement and education. We’re building our community and embracing all the possibilities that come with our evolution.

The Center for Fine Art Photography is much more than a gallery. It’s more than evocative images on display. It’s experiential. And those experiences leave a mark on the heart, and the mind, and the soul.

 

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Portfolio ShowCase Volume 5 – Chris Pichler’s Juror’s Statement

Posted by The Center on August 9, 2012

JUROR’S STATEMENT

As a publisher of photography books, I am naturally drawn to bodies of work that tell me something I didn’t know about a subject that I was already interested in. I am also grateful when I see work that deals with subjects I had not previously given much thought to, but which, based on the photographs presented, I find myself taking a new and enthusiastic interest in.

Selecting 15 portfolios from the multiple of that which I started out with, was both challenging and very, very satisfying. The only guidelines I gave myself were that 1) the work be heartfelt, no matter what the subject, and free of cynicism; 2) the work be visually interesting, making me want to look closer and longer than I normally would; 3) the work be respectful of the subject, but also approach it in a way, or from a perspective, that is unexpected or unusual. The 15 portfolios that I selected are not the only ones submitted that exhibit these qualities, but they stand out nevertheless.

Josh Rushing photographed an incredibly complicated subject, and one that he had already viewed from many different perspectives, and in many different situations. The subject and technical approach are perfectly paired, and the artist’s statement offers both wisdom and hope.

Kathryn Jacobi hit the sweet spot with this work. It is not the first photographic project, by any means, to capture “double portraits” of one subject, separated by time. But it is done in a way that was new to me as a viewer, and with such honesty and respect for life, that it warrants special attention.

 

Chris Pichler

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