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UN / FAMILIAR and the VPC

January 17, 2010
UN / FAMILIAR at Pictura Gallery- photo by Frank Ward

I’m  involved with two shows opening in February. I’ve spent the past 6 weeks prepping pictures rather than blogging. UN / FAMILIAR opens on  Feb 5th in Bloomington, Indiana at Pictura Gallery. It is a three person show with Peter Turnley, the top-notch photojournalist who lives in Paris and spends his time traveling, publishing and garnering awards for his pictures, and rising star Garrett Hansen.

From Peter Turnley's Paris portfolio

From the China portfolio by Garrett Hansen

That’s a good threesome as I’m placed right between the seasoned pro and the up and comer. The theme works because Peter is showing his acclaimed Paris portfolio and Garrett is showing his recent work from China. My pictures are about the countries in between the economic powerhouse of the European Union and the Peoples Republic of China. I don’t have anything complimentary to say about China so I’ll simply label it another major player. Between the two are the countries of the Former Soviet Union. That’s where I’ve been making pictures for much of the last decade.

MM in Vladivostok by Frank Ward

VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER IN SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

The second exhibit is at Tower Square in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Valley Photography Center. I’m also keeping high-end company in this three person show. Robert Aller and David Prifti both have work at the MoMA in NYC and David is a 2009 winner of the coveted Mass. Artist Foundation grant for photography.

Photo by Robert Aller

Photo by David Prifti

Bob Aller’s picture (above) is not one that will be in the show. He will be including 2009 work from Newfoundland. I don’t know what David Prifti will exhibit. He is very “hot” right now with his historical references to literature and art history combined with 19th century alternative processes.

Four Soldiers, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2008, by Frank Ward

I am now working my way back to a weekly posting rhythm. More to come from FOTOfusion in West Palm Beach next week.

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