The Floyd Center for the Arts will be showing a curated exhibit of photography from August 11 to October 7 titled “Old Lands, New Visions”. The show will be curated by noted photographer Russ Young. It will exhibit the works of six outstanding U.S. artists hailing from across of the country and feature images from around the globe. An opening reception will be held on August 19th in the Hayloft Gallery from 5 to 7 pm with an oration by the curator at 6pm. This event will be held simultaneously with the Floyd Plein Air Festival reception and all are welcome.
Brief Biographies of the Six Photographers:
Tillman has been a professional photographer and photo-educator since 1978. He was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Delaware in 1990. He exclusively prints his images in the platinum/palladium process. Until recently, all of his images were made with large format cameras; now he also works with digital cameras. Tillman has been in numerous shows, most recently a hundred-print one man show in Beijing, China. Now living in Maine, Crane has published four books and has written numerous articles for photography publications. www.tillmancrane.com
Dennis Carlyle Darling
He received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1972. Dennis came to The University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and is currently the Visual Communication Area head for the School of Journalism. Darling has published several books and is a talented writer. His photographs have been displayed in more than 150 juried shows and exhibitions. Dennis has photographed all over the world and is now completing a mammoth project on Holocaust survivors. www.dennisdarling.wixsite.com/dennis
Kerik is a retired environmental geologist who has been a photographer and educator since the 1990s. He has focused on the labor intensive, hand-made processes from the 19th century such as wet plate collodion, gum dichromate and platinum/palladium. Kouklis’ prints in this exhibition are a melding of modern inkjet prints and the 19th century palladium process. A native Californian, he has lived in the north of the state all his life and photographed the landscape there intensively. www.kerik.com
Although Bill received his degree at Appalachian State University in painting and he formerly taught painting, he has been a professional photographer for many decades, having begun photography more than fifty years ago with a Sears “Tower“ camera. Bill is a master camera and lens repairman in addition to his other photographic skills. Moretz uses both film and digital cameras to create his artwork. He is the proprietor of PRO CAMERA, a professional camera store, in Charlottesville, Virginia. www.procameraus.com/about-bill-moretz/
Charles is a retired pathologist with a long standing interest in photography and building harpsichords and fine furniture. Constantly experimenting with emerging technologies, he authored one of the earliest articles (2000) on creating enlarged digital negatives. Charles prints exclusively in the platinum/palladium process, a labor intensive process which was discovered in the 19th century. He and his wife have lived in New Mexico for decades.
Ellen Toby Slotnick
Ellen is a Massachusetts based fine arts photographer who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology. She first honed her skills as an archaeological photographer in the Middle East. Versatile, Ellen is also a classically trained chef and pastry chef. Her focus is on what is left behind when humans vacate a space. www.slotnickphotography.net
Biography of Russ Young (Curator):
Russ has a Ph.D. in the history of photography and is also a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society. Dr. Young has curated national and international photographic exhibitions for almost forty years and began working in the darkroom fifty years ago.
Russ has chosen six photographers from around the United States, all with multi-decade credentials as photographic artists and inveterate travelers. In this exhibit, each photographer has focused on a single country: Cambodia, China, Mexico, Mongolia, Scotland, and the Imagination. These are not your standard tourist pictures but the country as seen through the eyes and minds of these talented artists.
“The key is to not let the camera, which depicts nature in so much detail, reveal just what the eye picks up, but what the heart picks up as well.”
-Paul Caponigro, American photographer
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
-G.K. Chesterton, English writer