LIGHTBOX Photographic Gallery presents “The Photographic Nude”, an exhibition of photographic prints exploring the artistic and creative view of the body and its form, dedicated to the creative spirit of photographer Ruth Bernhard. The exhibit will open with an Artists Reception on Friday April 8th 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Gallery. The exhibit runs through June 5th, with many special speakers and events to be held during the run of the show.
LightBox Photographic Gallery was inspired to create ”The Photographic Nude” show as a result of two influences. The first is the “Au Naturel” show at Clatsop Community College. “Au Naturel” is in its fifth year and has established itself as one of the finest group shows of the artistic nude. LightBox wished to develop a show for the artistic nude in the medium of photography, highlighting the importance of the genre in the photographic arts. The nude in photographic art is a study of the human body, concentrating on form, emotion, using lighting, composition and subject to emote the artistic expression. LightBox was also influenced to hold the show after being exposed to the biographical film “Illuminations”, documenting the life and photographic works of Ruth Bernhard.
Juror for the show, photographer Cherie Hiser says, “Generations of artists have struggled with ‘the nude’. In my opinion, in the medium of photography, it is the most difficult challenge. There are formidable tasks for many reasons: it seems to start with individual perceptions the viewing audience brings, also the technical and personal precepts of the model, the artist and the camera. Nothing about it is easy.
Ruth Bernhard lived during the twentieth century, passing away recently at 101 years of age. She was hailed by Ansel Adams as “the greatest photographer of the nude”, and devoted her life to celebrating the unclothed figure with eloquent light and creativity.
Cherie Hiser, renowned photographer and curator from Portland, Oregon. She has become widely respected as an innovator and visioneer in the field of photography. She is internationally recognized as a photographer, educator, curator, consultant, writer and net worker. Her first teachers were Minor White, Ruth Bernhard and Imogen Cunningham.
Robert Burrill, photographer/filmmaker from Milpitas, Ca. has been invited by the gallery to be the featured artist for “The Photographic Nude” exhibit. Robert was a longtime friend of Ruth Bernhard, he produced her biographical film, “IIluminations”. Showings of this film will be scheduled during the month of April. Please contact the gallery about special events, or visit lightboxphotographic.com for show details. LightBox Photographic Gallery is located at 1045 Marine Drive in downtown Astoria.