Photography Exhibition ThemesThemes of Photography Exhibitions
They are grouped according to themes that have shaped the historical development of the medium: landscapes, natural surroundings, architectural styles, industrial forms, cities, documentation, portrait and travelling. One section, dealing with photography process, focuses on the way pictures were made, from daguerreotypy to the latest innovation in colour photography.
"â??The works in this exhibition depict elements that are both historical and intimate and are defining the photographer by filtering and framing information visually,â says Barbara Matilsky, co-curator of the exhibition and Acklandâ?? exhibition curatorâ??s. "Unlike the fast-moving pictures of films, TV and videos, photos allow the viewer to stay and think about humans, places and occurrences that are lifted in space.
" The group, the forth in a string of mini-exhibitions in Ackland entitled "Carolina Collectors", shows works of art by art enthusiasts living in North Carolina or working as college staff and graduates.
During the second part of the "Defining Moments" -- from August 24 to September 28 -- the "Carolina Collectors" photos on the freestanding wall will be substituted by 10 prospective photo buys. The exhibition is part of an exhibition entitled "Collecting Photography: Community Dialog" allows users to take part in the selection of photos by posting a comment at a newsstand in the mall.
Museum trustees s will then take the visitors â?? commentary into account when purchasing photos that extend and enhance the Ackland Collectionâ??s. Trustees will announce their decisions at a final Ackland exhibition celebration on 25 September. Elf landscapes shown in "Defining Moments" show both nature and private abstraction samples.
"Since photography can precisely record detailled natural phenomena at first hand, it combines a symmetrical relation to scholarly research," says Cathy Keller-Brown, exhibition co-editor and deputy exhibition co-editor in Ackland. Atkins demonstrated such an association between arts and sciences early in her Farn photo (1851-54), an un-cameraed picture by laying the subject directly on a piece of white tissue subjected to sunlight.
Giraud Foster and Norman Barker, who took pictures of an ammonite fossile under an electronic telescope in the 90s, are a timely example of their relation to the sciences. Even the moulds of today's industry and architecture have captivated photographers: New York, Paris, London, and Moscow inspire shots of street scenes and portraits of Berenice Abbot, Eugene Atget, Alvin Langdon Coburn, William Klein, and Lisette Model.
Whilst some are capturing the pulsating and messy heartbeat of the town, others are indulging in the stark aesthetics of their empty rooms. On the other hand, Robert Frank and Nan Golden, whose photographic work focuses on those whose sense of estrangement has contributed to defining a crucial dimension of urbanity. Topics in the documentation include a variety of topics, among them Krieg (Roger Fenton's 1855 Crimean photographs), Kinderarbeit (Lewis Hines' Cotton Spinner, Lancaster Cotton Mills, South Carolina, 1908), and the Right to Gather (Garry Winogrand's 1969 Pro-War Demonstration in New York City).
Or Dorothea Lange portrays the brighter side of being in her views of ballplayers in a general stores in Chapel Hill (1930s), as does Max Yavno in his Southern California strand scenes (1949). "The " Definition Moments " shows the wide selection of fascinating profiles of the Ackland Collections. Further exhibition profiles, such as Brassai's "Picasso with Oven" (1939), Julia Margaret Cameronâ??s "Portrait of Thomas Carlyle" (1867) and Arnold Newmanâ??s "Igor Stravinsky" (1946), give an insight into some of the lamps that have influenced the story.
A lot of fotographers have reacted to the public's enthusiasm for other civilizations. J. Pascal Sebah's photos from the nineteenth centuries refer to Europe's interest in the Middle East. "Define moments: After the Ackland stop, "Two Centuries of Photography" is scheduled to go to other US cities. Ackland is located on South Columbia Street near Franklin Street.