photolab2The first photo series lecture of 2017 is tonight at the Photo Center from 6-8 p.m. The free event showcases three local photographer’s work in a show and tell format every other month. Each photographer will share their body of work as well their approach in creating the work. Tonight’s featured photographers are Jason Andrescavage, L. Herrada Rios, and Sean Vranizan.

Andrescavage’s personal practice centers on portraiture and fashion. Herrada-Rios finds the dark humor in the mundane and the warmth in the strangers around her She uses her diverse training as well as her genuine enthusiasm for the world to capture life’s follies and everyday triumphs. Vranizan uses a multitude of mediums to create logo branding, hand painted murals, custom font designs, and vintage signage photography.

The opening reception for Nocturnes & Noir photo exhibit is this Saturday, February 11, 5:30-8 p.m. The show is curated by Tim Baskerville, Director, The Nocturnes Night Photography Group and Dave Christensen, Director, Harvey Milk Photo Center. According to the Curator’s Statement, the title of the exhibit hopes to shine some light on two schools of thought regarding photolab3Night Photography (NPy).

The first, a romanticized landscape photography of Nocturnes, traces its origins to the late 19th century, the Pictorialism movement, and later on, the efforts of the Photo-Secessionists. The second style of NPy – Noir – was heavily influenced by German Expressionism, Surrealism, and associated, as early as the 1920s and 1930s, with the newly formed cinema, which attained its apex in the Classic Film Noir period of the 1940s and 1950s. Photographers like Bill Brandt and Brassai echoed the dark vision of the Film Noir tradition with surrealistic content; punchy, “contrasty” scenes; and heavy darkroom manipulation.photo3

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