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from The Poughkeepsie Journal, February 6, 2004

Photographs for Today:
Juried show features ‘best of the best’ at Center for Photography at Woodstock

by Nicole Edwards, Poughkeepsie Journal

The Center for Photography at Woodstock offers a burst of color and an expanse of activity in “Photography Now 2004,” a welcome respite from the winter blahs.

Instead of dwelling on the sheets of ice and snow that blanket the valley, stop by Woodstock on Saturday for the opening of the annual exhibit, in which soft pink flower petals blanket coiling octopus tentacles.

You’ll also find a range of techniques from artists interested in generating viewer response. Others simply chose to treasure the essence of what was once 1920s and 1930s glamour in their work.

These images are what the center considers the “newest voices in photography.” ...More than 250 photographers from across the country and Canada submitted work for “Photography Now.” Ariel Meyerowitz, who runs Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery in New York City, was invited as guest juror for the show. The work of eight artists was selected — Catherine Day of Virginia, Jelisa Peterson of Utah, Peter Tytla of Connecticut, Nate Larson of Chicago, Art Murphy and Lewis Silverman of New York City, Liz Wolfe from Toronto and Doris Mitsch of California.

“The call is basically centered around doing a general survey looking at what’s going on in photography now,” said Ariel Shanberg, executive director for the Center of Photography. “We’re simply looking for the best of the best.”

Theme-less show

In the past, the center used a theme for entries, such as one juried exhibit titled “Beyond Words.” The subject matter had to relate to what artists perceived as “unbelievable.”

“What made us change from that was that we felt jurors provided such interesting perspectives,” Shanberg said. “We wanted to let their opinions and perspectives emerge.”

The center has had some of the industry’s top curators judge hundreds of submissions, including Barbara Milstein, a former photography director at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Debra Singer of the Whitney Museum of American Art; and photographer Larry Fink and Sandra S. Phillips from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.




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