Gallery Report

1. Photographer: Matthew Pillsbury, Exhibit: City Stages

Matthew made long exposure black and white photographs.   He took the photos with wide dept of field and long exposure to create a motion.  He records the human activity in his images.  I really like the photograph of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the year of the Dragon.  These photographs give me a good mood and let me remember my country when I see the dragon.

2. Photographer: Wijnandoo Deroo, Exhibit: Rijksmuseum

Wijnanda Deroo’s photographs are clean and balance.  The quality of light is soft.  The ladders and packing materials and interior; storage rooms and hallways are Deroo’s subjects.   She used the technique of wide depth of field and long shot in her photographs.  The warm colors, rigid geometric compositions and the lighting unite her pictures.  The full of powerful images are pleasing to my senses.

3. Photographer: Nancy Burson, Exhibit: composites

In her photographs, most of the images are portraits, one is a cat and the other one is a lion.  Digitally combining and manipulating images of well-known individuals, including movie stars and world leaders.   The exhibition covers her earlier work with digital technology.  It is ubiquitous in photography now.  She manipulates images and combines various eyes, chins, cheeks to create unnerving representations of faces.  One of her image has a very big eye.  It gives me the unnerving feeling.  She took the images with eye – level.

4. Todd Hido, Excerpts from Silver meadows

Most of his images are landscape.  He created a distinct visual language and emotional drama set in the suburban landscape.  Empty roads, a few bare trees are his subject.  He used the long shot, wide depth of field, low contrast and asymmetrical on his photos.

5. Photographers: Reiner Gerritsen, Adam Magyar, David Molander,

Exhibit: Metro

This three men show of urban scenes, the images are full of the bustle, energy on our contemporary urban environments.

Reinier Gerritsen’s portraits at the Wall Street subway stop in New York City.  These photographs capture many images in rapid succession. In his images, each individual has different expression in an overcrowded space.  He used medium shot and eye-level to take the photographs.

Magyar works through selections and photographs from an overhead perspective.  He took the photo from a birds-eye view down on a street and created a pattern of commuters.

Molander shows the city as an organism, moving blurry through the streets at night.  The weaving roads and bridges are together with buildings to make impossible compositions.  He used the long shot and wide depth of field to create his images.  It is a very beautiful picture.  These works let me feel the pulse and frenzy of the often overwhelming energy

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1 Response to Gallery Report

  1. rmichals says:

    Perceptively observed. As you remark in your comments about the Nancy Burson show, digital manipulation is everywhere now. How amazing that Burson was able to foresee this and use the technology available to manipulate images and create new kinds of images not seen before. I am also impressed with your description of the composite work in the Metro show as an organism. That changed my view of that pice. It is true that the photographer wrapped the space up into a totally artificial place.

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