Viewpoint Gallery presents the work of two regional photographers whose focus is the landscape of the Sacramento area and Central Valley.
Stephen Fischer photographs along the American River Parkway, a beltway of undeveloped land on both sides of the river. It provides a natural sanctuary from the nearby hustle and bustle of the Sacramento metropolitan area. It is also a byway and habitat of the natural world that coexists within our developed environment and passes through and thrives along this photographic wonderland: nature’s corridor. Fischer’s photographs are in color and are seen primarily in the early and late hours of the day.
Gerry Tsuruda's beltway consists of the white lines, asphalt, and gravel of the ordinary and ubiquitous “roadway,” this landscape photographer’s most frequent path to successful pictures. Tsuruda has realized that most of his better images were taken from a spot along the side of the road or other easily accessible area nearby. This is certainly contrary to the romantic notion of the landscape photographer, but not indicative of a drop-off in the quality of seeing. Whereas Fischer’s images are in color, Tsuruda works in the monochromatic palette of black-and-white photographic tones.
Viewpoint member Jim Klein of Lincoln will present work at the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint in March, 2012. The photographs are the result of travel to Utah, a place universally known for its ancient and dramatic landscapes and also its much newer remains of man’s presence.
Klein cites John Szarkowski, famed photographer, critic and historian, who, in his book The Photographer’s Eye, “included Time as one of the defining aspects of photography as an art medium. But his consideration of time had more to do with how much of time was captured by the camera’s shutter than how time is conveyed by the image.”
The two sets of images in this exhibit, a deserted motel on Highway 70 near Moab and abstracts of rocks from Utah’s National Parks, depict the effects of time, and, in another perspective, timelessness.
In November, Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery features Rhonda Campbell’s exhibit exploring the cultural and psychological aspects of our ubiquitous doppelgangers from the retail environment: mannequins.
Campbell relates that this series began “with a simple photograph I took (and not a very good photograph at that),” a photograph that led her to understand that what she was photographing in storefront windows was “more than just mannequins; they’re life as we wish it to be.” She began looking closely at mannequins in her travels. “The more I looked, the more I found.” She found questions: “Does life reflect the mannequins or do they reflect life? Do they mock us or set standards?” And she found insights: “People are the same the world over. We all have the same dreams of glamor, sophistication, confidence, humor, and purpose. Mannequins give us that freedom to dream, if only for a few seconds.”
From Where I Stand is a group exhibit of photography students from ten high schools in Sacramento, California, and the surrounding region. Working with both traditional and digital media, the one hundred photographs in the exhibit demonstrate the energetic, experimental and fresh perspective of these young artists. Clearly the points of view are individual, as the title of the exhibit suggests, yet the subjects and attitudes reflect the common concerns and experiences of today’s young student artists. The photographs illustrate technical competence in night exposures, portraits, landscape, motion studies, digital high dynamic range, black and white, and color images.
Viewpoint Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of internationally renowned photographer Linda Connor. Her photographs depict the relationship between the culturally sacred and natural world while illuminating her connection to and deep respect for her subjects. With her large format camera, Connor travels extensively, exploring sites that evoke mystery and spirit. These explorations of ancient and sacred locales reflect her interest in how diverse cultures manifest the holy.
Viewpoint’s annual Members’ Exhibit will be on display from June 12 through July 3, 2009. The exhibit gives all Viewpoint members an opportunity to showcase one image of their choosing. The images in this show highlight the diversity of photographic art created by Viewpoint members, from traditional color and black-and-white images to prints made using alternative processes, digital manipulation, and other methods. All images are copyrighted by the artists.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center proudly presents the work of Jon Sousa, a California photographer who shares for the first time one of four portfolios based on his travels in the States and abroad. With thirty-five years of photography experience as a photo educator at the high school and community college level, as well as having owned and operated Jon Sousa Photography doing portrait work, Sousa now turns his attention to his personal vision. In this body of work, The Human Touch, Sousa’s images incorporate the relationship between his favorite model and evocative architectural settings.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the exhibit Road Trip Poetry by Dave Hennessy in its Step Up Gallery in January.
Hennessy explains that “Road Trip Poetry celebrates the extraordinary, the comical, and the sublime in an ordinary commute between Sacramento and Petaluma. With my iPhone I was able to capture what at best would have been merely a glimpse of something grand. I discovered that something grand is always nearby. I do not have to go somewhere ‘special’ or even leave my car.”
America, from the Edge features four unique perspectives on American life and landscape by photographers David Best, Mike Dikau, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel and Toni Voelker. Their works run the gamut from noir to bizarre and from Barbie dolls to the Midas Mufflerman.
Fifteen North American photographers celebrate the new decade immersed in the remote cultures, ancient temple architecture, stunning landscapes, and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Cambodia and Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s second largest county (formerly known as Burma). Under the direction of photographer and educator Rick Murai of Penn Valley, California, and in partnership with Myths and Mountains, each participant on this excursion captures unique and personal interpretations of urban and rural historical sites and cultural landmarks defining these Southeast Asian countries. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s politically charged capital, and Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields – sobering testaments to the Khmer Rouge – are visited, as is Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.
There is a place in our minds where we experience the inspiration of creative art; there is another realm where we ponder the rational calculations of science. But what happens when we put these insights together? We grasp the tangible beauty of the world.
Three accomplished photographers explore the intersections of art and science in this exhibit. Bob Fera and Mike Mayda point their cameras to the heavens to capture astonishing images of faraway galaxies; Terry Nathan follows the curving arcs of tiny whiffs of smoke and connects them to the seminal ideas of Isaac Newton. Together these three artists invite us to ponder the scientific dimensions of art, and the artistic insights of science.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the “Intentional Photographs” of Gene Crowe in an exhibit called Small Things, in the Step Up Gallery.
Crowe been working with digital images that he calls Small Things: found objects, macro images, still life, parts, and the manipulation of light on different surfaces. This project actually began in the early 1960’s when he began exploring extremely close focusing. He has been developing skills with different cameras and printing methods ever since.
The April exhibit at Viewpoint displays the wonderful prints available for purchase in the 2012 Viewpoint Fine Print Auction and Fundraiser. Many well known photographers are featured in this year's the exhibit, along with many other talented Viewpoint members and supporters.
Prints may be purchased now through May 4 in the Online Silent Auction and/or on Saturday, May 5th at the Live Auction. Visit the AUCTION PAGE for the Catalog, the Online Auction, Instant Purchases, Pre-Bidding for the Live Auction, and additional information.
Larry Brenden searches the Western United States to find compelling natural landscape images. His work conveys greater intimacy than typical landscape photographs and explores nature’s gorgeous color palette. Brenden says: “I am always looking, but more specifically, I am looking to photograph light, color, and form. To me, photography is all-consuming. A demanding discipline which entails my senses, intellect, and emotion, it is at once my passion and my spiritual base.”
“Using the camera as a tool, my intention is to quietly unveil nature’s secrets with integrity and capture an image true to the scene as first observed. Through the lens I seek to reveal the grandeur of the natural world, uncover her subtleties, show her impressive power, and expose her delicate side. Often, I examine a scene and decipher symmetrical patterns in the seemingly chaotic environment. Recording light and form is at once a fascination and a mystery. It is my goal to present well-crafted, un-doctored, aesthetic prints of the world’s beautifully wild places both to preserve and with full intent to protect.“
A former design engineer in the computer industry, Larry has spent the last decade as a respected photographer of the natural scene.
An exhibition of documentary photographs by David Bacon and Kathya Landeros about immigration to the United States from Mexico and Central America.
An experienced photographer, journalist, and former labor organizer, Bacon's stunning work of photographs and oral history documents the new reality of migrant experience: the creation of transnational communities. He takes us inside these communities and illuminates the ties that bind them together, the influence of their working conditions on their families and health, and their struggle for better lives.
Landeros, herself from a family of immigrants from Central Mexico, proposes that "If one can accept that the history of migratory policy toward Mexico has been complicated as we negotiate between our demands for labor and our need for cultural sovereignty, then we can acknowledge that the migrant communities that have developed in Mexico are a manifestation of these complexities."
Kathya Landeros: Sandra’s Quinceañera paid for with remittances from the United States, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2008
Hidden in remote areas of Nevada and adjacent states are beautiful rock engravings known as petroglyphs. They record the visions and dreams of ancient Native Americans. Many are thousands of years old, and most are completely unknown to the public; their existence has been kept secret to protect them from vandalism.
World renowned photographer John Wimberley spent ten years searching for these fragile, irreplaceable cultural treasures. During this time he visited more than 100 sites and exposed 5000 large format negatives. His stunning black and white photographs reveal the beauty and profound sacredness of shamanic images in stone.
Arthur Drooker presents a powerful visual meditation on the cultures, conflicts and conquests that forged the New World. Covering significant ruins in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, this exhibit offers a unique pictorial survey of the geographical, architectural and historical diversity that defines the Americas.
Lost Worlds highlights ruins that are acknowledged world wonders, little known gems and outright surprises. They include monumental temples of Mexico’s Mayan civilization, a former king’s palace on the island of Haiti, colonial churches ravaged by earthquakes in Guatemala and iconic Inca citadels in Peru’s Sacred Valley, some of the 33 sites that Drooker visited in sixteen countries. His luminous images, shot with a specially adapted digital infrared camera, expose crumbled walls, weathered facades and overgrown flora in ways most viewers have never seen.
Chris Kaufman's exhibit Military Moments documents the experiences of men and women in the armed forces, including Beale Air Force Base, and the communities that support them. “The service members of Beale and the surrounding community are passionate about the military, and it's important to give them a voice and tell their story."
Jeff Enlow’s project Behind the Levees is about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where California's two largest rivers meet. It's a place that exists in some distant past while being thrust into an uncertain future. Behind the Levees captures quiet spaces in the Delta where man and nature meet, at a time that may never exist like this again.
Chris Schiller has been photographing the American West for over 20 years. He seeks out places and views rarely or never photographed before. He uses his camera as another way to explore the places he visits, bringing his images a sense of discovery and delight. In this exhibit of superbly crafted images, Chris Schiller looks at the movement of water in all of its manifestations, both in the present and the past.
José Luis Villegas is a working photojournalist, currently with the Sacramento Bee. This project, "Save the Music", is the story of keeping music alive. Blues music. Music born in slavery. The music that begat rock n’ roll. The music touched by God and the devil. The music that lives within rap and soul, but is dying on its own.
This is the story of America’s purest music at a cross roads, a time when the Prophet’s of soul are dying and only the great B.B. King can claim mass acceptance. For the rest, a living and an audience can be found in Europe. While in America, the voices of slaves and Negro spirituals grows ever fainter, the culture of the south fades away.
Joseph Finkleman’s Fragile and Passing Patterns of imagery will be featured in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center during the month of June and the first week of July. Finkleman makes mostly abstract paintings with the brush we know as photography.
“This show, like much of my work, eliminates a great deal if not all context. I find in this work an interesting question. We will look at something and state that 'this' is a picture, and 'that' is not a picture. There is a boundary line, maybe more accurately, a boundary layer there and I try to place the 'this' is a picture as closely as possible to the boundary of 'that' is not a picture, in order to examine why is 'this' a picture and 'that' is not.”
In July 2012, eminent photographer and educator Rick Murai led a Viewpoint-sponsored photography workshop in Peru. Participants enjoyed an exciting two-week adventure photographing the stunning landscape, colorful people, and rich cultural traditions of the Peruvian Andes. Locations visited included Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley (featuring the Virgen del Carmen festival), Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. The workshop provided a totally immersive experience, with ample time for intense exploration, individual instruction, image sharing, and quiet introspection.
This exhibit presents images made on that trip. Exhibiting photographers include Henry Greene, Auburn Wendover, Adrienne Sher, Barbara Summers, Mirella Santana, Bruce Gregory, Jeri Lazaro, and Rick Murai.
Viewpoint Gallery presents Charles Cramer's photographs of the natural scene. A master printer, first in Dye Transfer, and more recently, in digital processes, he is drawn to photograph primarily by the light and only secondarily by the subject.
"I search for that special kind of light that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. The end goal of my photography has always been to make beautiful prints. I have spent a large part of the last 30 years refining my skills not just photographing the natural scene, but learning how to make the best possible prints from these images."
The April exhibit at Viewpoint displays the amazing prints available this month in the 2011 Viewpoint Fine Print Auction and Fundraiser. This year’s featured photographers include Bruce Barnbaum, Tim Baskerville, Ruth Bernhard, Larry Blackwood, Howard Bond, Nan Brown, Ray Carofano, Martha Casanave, Mark Citret, Charles Cramer, Charles Farmer, Joan Gentry, Mark Howell, Geir Jordahl, Lewis Kemper, Michael Kenna, Gene Kennedy, Don Kirby, Machiko Kurita, Margaretta Mitchell, Richard Murai, Dianne Poinski, Ron Reeder, Merg Ross, Ron Rosenstock, Dominic Rouse, Ryuijie, John Sexton, Jock Sturges, Jerry Takigawa, John Wimberley, and Huntington Witherill. Many other Viewpoint members and supporters are also represented.
Prints may be purchased April 6 through May 6 in the Silent Online Auction and/or on Saturday, May 7th at the Live Auction. Visit the AUCTION PAGE for the Catalog, the Online Auction, and additional information.
Clockwise from top left: John Wimberley, Lewis Kemper, Michael Kenna, Frank Francis.
Clockwise from top left: John Johnson, Ron Rosenstock, Charles Traub, Merg Ross.