Maine Media invites the community to celebrate the past, present and future of digital imaging with two events August 1.
Camelot in Camden, a panel discussion, takes place at 4pm in Union Hall Theater; the opening reception for the exhibition We are the Camera follows that evening from 6:30 – 8pm, just up the street at Maine Media Gallery.
Twenty years ago Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging (CCI) opened its doors in Camden, bringing hundreds of cutting-edge digital photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and other artists to teach thousands of working professionals from around the world.
The seeds planted in the 1990’s still flourish today. Camelot in Camden, a panel discussion at 4pm in Union Hall Theater, reunites several artists who worked and taught at CCI during its heyday to discuss its influence on their careers and the larger creative world: renowned portraitist Greg Heisler, designer Jessica Simmons, Maine Media President, Charles Altschul, and MMW instructor Peter Koons.
Heisler, know for his many Time magazine covers, and Simmons collaborated at CCI in 1992 on the first digitally produced cover of the legendary publication, featuring Man of the Year, Ted Turner.
Later that evening, the opening reception for the exhibition We are the Camera takes place from 6:30 – 8pm at Maine Media Gallery. Two decades after Kodak founded CCI to try and understand the implications of a fundamental change in photography, this exhibition continues the exploration by examining some of the current issues in digital photography from frameless photographs to the ubiquity of the photographic image.
Dan Burkholder’s iPhone images are on display July 29 – Aug 25, and the exhibition continues August 26 – September 30 with works from master printer Stephen Johnson, 360° photography wizard Jook Leung and Gixapixel guru Greg Downing.
Union Hall Theater is located at 2 Central Street in Rockport Village. Maine Media Gallery is on the first floor of the Shepherd Building at 18 Central Street. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 11am – 6 pm; Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8pm; Saturdays from 9am – 3pm; Sundays from 11am – 3pm. Sponsored in part by Maine. The magazine, these events are free and open to the public.
Image: iPhone image by Dan Burkholder: Tree and Pond in Fall, Hudson River Valley