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Friday, June 2, 2017

May 31 to Jun 24


A Keen Eye & Soft Focus:
Pictorialism Revisited

May 31 - June 25
Curator's Talk | Tuesday, June 20, 4:30-6pm

About the Exhibition

A Keen Eye and Soft Focus, guest curated by Susan Danly, presents the work of Francis Orville Libby (1883-1961), one of Maine’s first art photographers, a leading pictorialist, and an early president of the Portland Camera Club alongside the work of contemporary photographers who share some of his early aesthetic concerns. For over a century -- from the turn of the 20th century to the 21st century of today -- art photography has included a range of approaches.  From detailed, sharp focus images in black and white to softly focused pictures in muted color, modern photographers have produced a wealth of images that convey mood, artful expression, and impressionistic views of our surroundings – both rural and industrial. The exhibition will highlight work by contemporary, Maine-based photographers Judy Glickman Lauder, Koichiro Kurita, Amy Parrish, Shoshannah White, David Wolfe among others, following in Libby’s footsteps.

About the Curator

Guest Curator Susan Danly served as Curator of Graphics, Photography and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) from 2002 to 2011 before becoming Senior Curator in 2012.  Recently retired, Danly earned a doctorate in photographic history at Brown University.  Danly previously worked at the Mead Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery.  Among her numerous publications are books on the photographs of Edward Weston and Thomas Eakins, and Georgia O’Keeffe and the Photograph. At the Portland Museum of Art, she curated numerous exhibitions devoted to the art of Maine, including three Biennial exhibitions, a series of shows dealing with historical and contemporary photography in Maine, and several exhibitions of graphics from the PMA’s permanent collection.  Danly co-authored Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015, published last year in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project.


This exhibition is co-presented by the Portland Camera Club. Click here to find out more about the club.


Jun 2

Photography is a jubilant and disparate mix of every conceivable combination of elements: high and low art, finery and kitsch, private memories and public displays, truth and illusion, status symbols and humble means, artistic aspirations and commerce, the hand-made versus the mechanical, with photography playing a central role in all. 

This series of seemingly endless contradictions is brilliantly expressed in Daile Kaplan’s comprehensive collection of 3-dimensional photo objects that she calls, Pop Photographica.

Ms. Kaplan is Vice President and Director of Photographs and Photobooks at Swann Auction Galleries, New York City's oldest specialist auction house. She has also been a commentator on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, HG-TV, and is a Photographs Specialist on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. Ms. Kaplan is author of several books, including two about the social documentary photographer Lewis W. Hine, and many articles about collecting. She will have copies of her recently published book "Image Objects: Pop Photographica in Everyday Life" for sale.


This event is happening in our Portland, ME gallery PhoPa.