Opening reception: June 22, 2012 6.30-9pm
Exhibition: June 22 – July 18, 2012
Gallery Carte Blanche, San Francisco, CA
APA SF Curator’s Voice Fine Art Photography Exhibition, curated by Gwen Lafage, Founder of Carte Blanche Gallery.
The initial idea behind (Un)Familiar was to explore how photographers adapt their perspectives to the scene they are capturing. However, the photographs shown here go further and reveal how photography transcends reality. Through the eyes of talented photographers the Familiar and the Unfamiliar can become one. Photographers can discover the most familiar details in unknown territories and expose intriguing sides of places we believed so familiar. A living room in Cuba can feel more familiar than the escalator we take everyday; the theme park of our childhood more surprising than a stranger’s bedroom. The Familiar and the Unfamiliar are right next door as much as they are on the other side of the world. Photographers have a unique way of looking at the world and that’s why they can bring to light details, situations and emotions we won’t normally see or we won’t pay attention to. More than capturing a moment or a place they interpret it to reveal its beauty. A face, a ray of light, a gesture, everything in life can bring comfort, a memory, can intrigue or even frighten you. (Un)Familiar is an individual state of mind.
First Place Winner: Meg Griffiths
Second Place Winner: Carla Richmond
Third Place Winners: Manu & Greta Schnetzler
Rosa Basurto, Timothy Burkhart, Brett Deering, Joshua Hobson, Erin Hoffstetter, Anthony Kurtz, Mike Narciso, Paccarik Orue, Eleonora Ronconi, Julia Schiller, and Cynthia Wood.
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