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October 22, 2013 > Perceptions - Works in Photography

Perceptions - Works in Photography

Submitted By Diane Leys

Photography, as a practical process, began in the 1820s when French inventor Nicephore Niepce made the first permanent photograph from nature with a camera obscura in 1826. His photographs required eight hours for exposure. Louis Daguerre developed the daguerrotype in 1837, taking the first photograph of a person in 1838. Experimentation continued throughout the 19th century, and in 1884, George Eastman developed film. Technology has continued to advance bringing color, movement, and in the late 20th century, digital photography.

Olive Hyde Art GalleryÕs Curator, Sandra Hemsworth Petrich, has selected the work of three digital photographers for Olive HydeÕs next exhibit ÒPerceptions.Ó She feels nature can be experienced through their work, transcending the camera. ÒNot many times since I first saw the work of Ansel Adams have I had an experience looking at nature photography where it takes me to a place that I can understand and feel the same things the photographer experienced on site, documenting it so accurately, as if the camera never existed or got in the middle.Ó

Berkeley artist Hagit Cohen works primarily with digital images, constructing visual scenes. Cohen has a BFA in Photography and Art History from State Art Teacher Training College in Israel, and an MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also taught photography for several years. Cohen explores the subject of nature and the environment in her current work. She has exhibited work in Tel Aviv; Toronto; Rochester, NY; Los Angeles; Berkeley; Oakland; and San Francisco. Her photographs have appeared in several publications.

As a self-taught photographer, TJ ThorneÕs early love of nature led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he currently lives. His work affords the viewer an opportunity to experience nature intimately. Each image is a moment in time, which remind us that the majesty of nature is out there for all of us.

J. Alan Constant has been a photographer in the Bay Area for 24 years. After studying Photography at Monterey Peninsula College, he earned a BA in Art History with a minor in Photography at SFSU. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest and Arts & Antiques many times. In the late Ô90s, he began working only with art photography. He looks for interesting combinations of color and composition that catch the eye. Constant is more interested in how color and composition influence the two dimensional plane than in depicting a particular place and time.

ÒPerceptions,Ó an exhibit of works in photography, will open at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 25, and run through November 16.

Perceptions - Works in Photography
Friday, Oct 25 Ð Saturday, Nov 16
Thursday Ð Sunday: 12 noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception: Friday, October 25
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357

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