For the last three decades, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, through exhibits and programs, has been the leading advocate for photographic appreciation and education in the broader Sacramento region. This juried exhibit celebrates member photographers as well as the enduring role Viewpoint as a not-for-profit arts organization serves in our community.
Patty Felkner, a Viewpoint Charter Member and Cosumnes River College Professor of Photography, juried the anniversary exhibit which is on view in the educational center on the first floor of the historic building at the Crocker Art Museum. The exhibit runs from May 13 to August 1, 2021.
Prints may be purchased through Viewpoint’s online gallery.
Image: Jerry Kapler "Marching Soldier"
Juror’s Statement: Patty Felkner
I am honored to have juried this exhibition in recognition of Viewpoint’s 30th year. Photography is a large umbrella covering many approaches. The members included here work in diverse ways, but share a love for communicating through form and light.
The medium has morphed over these 30 years opening to imaginative new practices. But whether working with palladium or pixels, we all work inside the frame. Additionally, the camera depends on what is in front of it for that initial image. This past year has been especially challenging for a medium that requires engagement.
The images in this show represent several different working methods Viewpoint’s members adopted. Getting out into the landscape remained a safe and sane option for many. Be it the clarity of a feather or swirl of the sea, being outdoors provided subject matter and respite. The ability to move about and photograph felt a little bit like normal.
Others used their cameras to emphasize something modest or abstract. This painterly approach celebrates color, texture and form. Being able to place that frame and emphasize these qualities provided purpose.
Another way of working in 2020 was to look back into images undone. For these members, returning to their archives, memories of experiences we could no longer have, gave them routine. Re-seeing something allowed for new interpretations. Some of these images may have been lost to time had it not been for the upside down abundance of time while being homebound.
Image: Dennis Scott "Myanmar Smoker"
There were those who sought to communicate what it felt like to be alive in 2020. Perhaps it was making a portrait of someone in a common household or documenting the eeriness of an empty street at night, these images will always be tied to a definite place and time.
Photography gives voice to these many approaches. Viewpoint Photographic Art Center has made room for these conversations.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
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Image: Roberta Neidigh "Property Line - Black & White"