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Hanover, NH 03755
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Focus on Photography

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Works from 1950 to Today

January 13 through March 8, 2009

Focus on Photography surveys the Hood Museum of Art's post-1950 photography collection concentrating on two major themes: portraiture and landscape. Bridging these two themes, a small assortment of documentary and photojournalist works will present work by major figures such as James Nachtwey, Sebastiao Salgado, and Eugene Smith. Focus on Photography maps several contemporary trends in photography including a trend towards adolescence in portraiture, the clash of man versus nature in landscape imagery, the negotiation of identity through self-portraiture, and images of the urban landscape.

In addition, Focus on Photography will trace advances in technology that drive a number of artists's work, including digital photography and computer manipulation (with artists like Loretta Lux), photogenics (Lotte Jacobi), extended exposure times (Gary Schnieder and Matthew Pillsbury) and camera obscura (Abe Morell). Even with such developments, the show will underscore how artists working today continue to draw on traditional subject matters, styles, and processes.

Read more about the exhibition

Press release

RELATED EVENTS

13 January, Tuesday, 5:00 P.M.
Museum Galleries
Member reception and sneak preview of Focus on Photography

27 January, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk Click here to listen
"PHOTOGRAPHERS ON PHOTOGRAPHY: A CONVERSATION WITH VIRGINIA BEAHAN AND BRIAN MILLER"

3 February, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk Click here to listen
"PHOTOGRAPHY AND LIFE: THE REAL AND IMAGINED"
Subhankar Banerjee, photographer and artist-in residence, Studio Art Department
Subhankar Banerjee is a well-known photographer of landscapes and people in the northern regions of Alaska. As an artist and a sought-after public speaker, Banerjee has fought to stop drilling and the dumping of toxic waste in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other remote regions near the Arctic circle.

7 February, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Focus on Photography

10 February, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk Click here to listen
"CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN PORTRAITURE"
Emily Burke, Assistant Curator for Special Projects
Join the curator of Focus on Photography for a discussion of themes in contemporary portraiture, including images of adolescence, the negotiation of cultural identity and stereotypes, the power of representation and self-representation, and a focus on process.

24 February, Tuesday, 4:30 P.M.
Lecture and Reception Click here to listen
"ANDREA MODICA: TREADWELL AND FOUNTAIN"
Andrea Modica, photographer
Known for her haunting photographs of young girls in upstate New York, Andrea Modica creates images that are caught between a dream world and reality, fantastic scenes that hint at the narrative within. Cosponsored by the Studio Art Department.

7 March, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Focus on Photography


Last Updated: 5/20/09