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February 3, 2010 > Jazz photography exhibit

Jazz photography exhibit

Submitted By Lucinda Bender

The Fremont Art Association is pleased to announce Francois Laforgia, the associations' first 2010 Showcase Artist. His work in photography will be on display from Saturday, February 6 through Sunday, February 28 at the Fremont Art Associations gallery. Laforgia's works of art will depict his appreciation for jazz and the famous and not-so-famous musicians and singers who bring forth this style of music.

Laforgia appreciates jazz because like his art, "this music is born from the fusion of different styles and continues to evolve by merging with the popular music of today." His art is his way of giving back to the jazz community as he has been given so much through the music.

Francois Laforgia was born in Marseille, France. He was influenced by his father, an amateur painter, who introduced him to the visual arts and his mother who taught him the joy of the classical music, opera and theater. Laforgia studied Art History at the university and learned computer science by himself. He found his passion for photography during these years. Unsuccessful in securing a job using his photography skills, he worked in the computer industry, forced to put aside his passion for photography.

In 2005, Laforgia was sent to California. His passion for photography surfaced when he bought his first digital camera to document his life in the USA. It soon became a major part of his life. To enhance his photography skills, he subscribed to the courses of the New York Institute of Photography and studied with Cooksey-Talbott, a master of nature photography. During these three years, Laforgia photographed hundreds of landscapes and numerous wildlife subjects.

In June 2009, Laforgia's homework assignment was to photograph a live event. He decided to shoot a jazz band during a festival at the San Francisco De Young Museum. Since that day, Laforgias' focus has changed to live events. He has become a regular in the jazz community and was the official photographer of the 2009 San Jose Jazz Festival; his pictures were published on the jazz website,

This is just the beginning for Laforgia who is currently working on other projects slated to be completed in 2010.

You can meet Laforgia at a reception held in his honor at the Fremont Art Association Gallery on Sunday, February 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. A variety of new works from additional member artists will compliment the gallery's first quarter offerings. Please join with your community in celebrating this accomplished artist.

Jazz photography exhibit
Artist Reception
Sunday, February 7
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Gallery Exhibit
February 6 - February 28
Wednesday through Sunday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fremont Art Association Gallery
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-0905

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