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JUROR AMBER TERRANOVA {RED}

Posted by The Center on April 28, 2010


(Photo credit: Curtain, Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009 by David Leventi)

I was drawn to photos that instead of just casual inclusion of something red, hinted at the theme by alluding to a memory, a political happening or a cultural practice. Others exposed grandeur in architecture, displayed honest portraiture, or explored abstract expression.

The Center was honored to have Amber Terranova as the juror for the Red exhibition, which is on display in the Center’s Main Gallery from April 23 to May 22, 2010.

Juror’s Statement:

I keep seeing red now. I’ve spotted rosy cheeks in the cold, splashes of red in the landscape and a hair bow turned to just the right angle in the sun. It was a treat to judge entries around a theme that emphasizes color in photography. The simplest rules can sometimes make the best competitions.

Red is a psychologically powerful color, often used as a symbol of intense emotion or action. This made for an eclectic mix of entries. I approached my selection as if I were editing any body of work around a specific theme, by asking questions: Does the image have a point of view? Is it inventive? Does it have some personal resonance? Does it tell me something about the person or people in it? Is it dynamic? Does it raise questions or pique my curiosity? Does it make me feel uncomfortable and stop me in my tracks? Does it have interesting composition and hold my interest as my eye moved through it.

In many of the thousand entries, I was struck by the variety of well-composed, graphically striking images that led to something deeper. I was drawn to photos that instead of just casual inclusion of something red, hinted at the theme by alluding to a memory, a political happening or a cultural practice. Others exposed grandeur in architecture, displayed honest portraiture, or explored abstract expression.

Traditional and alternative processes worked well in the color-theme competition. Wendy Small‘s photograms, David Rivas’ infrared and cross-processed C-prints and Sergio Dennis’ “Lava monster,” shot on Kodachrome all stood out. In Kathy Beal’s, “Red Rose,” the idea of the rose is transformed into a layered, flattened object, almost like a sculpture on paper.

But more straightforward acknowledgements of red worked well, too. Ken Lee’s, “Morning Devotions” depicts Tibetan Buddhist nuns praying in their red robes under a bright umbrella of red hues illuminated by natural light. The vibrancy of red in the Soviet flags in Evi Lemberger‘s image calls attention to the gathering.

What all of the 50 chosen images share is an ability to stand on their own as an expression of a unique voice. Together, they changed the way I see, which is, after all, what we ask of photography.

Amber Terranova is the Photo Editor for Photo District News (PDN). Her career has focused mostly on editorial work, with positions at New York magazine and Outside magazine, all the while working on international commercial advertising shoots, industry programming, and photo consulting.

MOTION // JUROR RICH CLARKSON

Posted by The Center on March 18, 2010


(Photo Credit: Rocks Racing Stars by Floris Van Breugel)

“… it seemed only right to include pictures from across the board–from fast to slow, from obvious to subtle, from spontaneous to created.”

The Center was honored to have photographer Rich Clarkson as the juror for the “Motion” exhibition, which is on display in the Center’s Main Gallery from March 19 to April 17, 2010.

Juror’s Statement:

An exhibition built around the Notion of Motion opens the photographer’s palate as wide as possible.  For motion is in the beholder’s eye.  And the eyes that produced these 50 pictures are as varied as the beholder’s definition of just what motion may be.  Literal as with a speeding leaping man or as sublime as a summer breeze playing with the trees of a forest.  So to jury such an intriguing topic, it seemed only right to include pictures from across the board–from fast to slow, from obvious to subtle, from spontaneous to created.

Creativity is many forms certainly came to the fore in the some 1800 submissions and the only thing lacking in the final selection are some other fine photographs.  The final show has one element throughout, that being quality.  There was high quality in these images, but some of them were stunningly beautiful. Some were fun. All were unique.

Years ago, I was the co-producer with Jane Livingston of an exhibition of great sports photographs, that for the Olympic Games in Atlanta.  They came from the entire history of photography, going back to the works of Edward Muybridge, Lewis Hine and even Alfred Steiglitz and William Henry Jackson.  And then on to Gregory Heisler, Annie Leibovitz, Walter Iooss, Neil Leifer and Brian Lanker.   (Anonymous had some wonderful pictures too.)  And what that exhibition proved is that the development of photography and its advancement has always been tied to capturing motion.  And that shows in these images as well.

This was a fun project.  The only thing that would have been more fun is that reserved for a curator to enjoy.  Pairing off and playing off these various images as they are hung in exhibition or organized on a page will bring even more fun, for someone else.

Rich Clarkson’s professional career has span over 50 years and has included the positions of director of photography and senior assistant editor of The National Geographic Society, contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, NCAA, Time and Life, and has covered eight world Olympics. Clarkson was named by American Photo magazine as one of the 50 most influential individuals in American photography. He is recipient of an Honorary Master of Science Degree in Professional Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography. Clarkson serves as a consultant to media, advertising and photographic trade organizations. For the past two decades, Clarkson has offered guidance and inspiration in his representation of photographers, in book packaging projects and in his series of unique workshops.

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