- Laurence Gartel – Digital Titan – November 17 to January 5
- Vincent Versace – 50 Years in Photography – January 22 to March 9
- Joint Exhibition – March 23 to May 25
- Diane Farris – In the Light of the Present
- Jill Enfield – The New Americans
- 23rd Annual Members’ Show –August 24 to October 26
Palm Beach Photographic Centre Announces Upcoming Exhibitions 2018-2019
November 17 to January 5
FREE Opening Reception on November 16, 6 to 8 pm
Laurence Gartel’s trailblazing Digital Art was unthinkable when he started his career in 1975. He was working at Media Study/Buffalo on analog system computers when he met video guru Nam June Paik. Gartel’s vision was to create electronic images, capture them with a still camera off a monitor as there were no saving devices or software to store the created picture. He saw these images as works of Art that would eventually replace painting. In 1985 he delivered the keynote speech at the First Pan Pacific Computer Conference in Melbourne, Australia predicting the future of the world which landed him on the front page of The Australian Newspaper. This was the same year he taught Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer to create the album cover for Debbie Harry (Blondie). It was a moment when “Pop Art met Digital Art.” In 1989, the book Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance was published, and he created the first Digital Art cover for Forbes Magazine. In 1991, Gartel had a featured exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art, and in 2009 he received the Photo Centre’s prestigious FOTOmentor Award. In his 40-year career, he created artwork for 57th Grammy Awards, Newport Jazz Festival, NASA, the Monaco International Film Festival and more. Gartel’s exhibition at the Photo Center will feature unique works both old and new, along with many of the major awards the artist has received.
Postcards from the Vacation that is my Life:
50 Years in Photography
January 22 to March 9
FREE Opening Reception on January 25, 6 to 8 pm
The recipient of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s FOTOmentor Award during FOTOfusion 2019, Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. One of the founding Nikon Ambassadors who has been hailed as “one of the top photography artists and visual storytellers of this era,” Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History, and he has been published in numerous national newspapers and magazines. Based in Los Angeles, he divides his time between commercial and fine art photography assignments, teaching, and consulting for such suppliers as Nikon, Epson, Nik, OnOne, X-Rite, Adobe, Sunbounce and others. His best-selling books include From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black & White Technique Known to Mankind and Welcome to Oz 2.0: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop, which Shutterbug Magazine called “the best how-to book of the year.” His exhibition at the Photo Centre will feature images illustrating the many facets of Vincent’s work, from his beautiful portraits of flowers and landscapes to infrared images and cultural and celebrity portraits.
Joint Exhibition with Diane Farris and Jill Enfield
March 22-May 28, 2019 - FREE Opening Reception on March 22, 6 to 8 pm
Diane Farris - "In the Light of the Present"
In the Light of the Present expresses my approach to photography. I strive to be present with my work in this time, our time, while honoring what came before – and considering what we will leave to our children and grandchildren. Of course, for the photographer, Light is our companion: awaited, elusive, gracing. I am currently working with images of books and people, water and reflection, the Castelli Romani area of Italy and (still) Florida’s prairies and their elegant Sandhill Cranes.
These pictures, gathered for the Palm Beach Photographic Museum, speak to me and I hope to viewers – a girl engrossed in a large book by a museum’s vintage painting of girls reading; ancient books being aired, (with a child on a smartphone just off camera); a simple stairwell, suddenly alive with light and the sky beyond; a two thousand year old arch overtaken and overflowing with plant life. Most of these images are single frames (rather than the multiple images I’ve sometimes worked with in the past). In these complex times, I am drawn to clarifying and simplifying in general – and in my photography in particular.
Recent shows have been in Basel, Switzerland and at Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia, as well as in Gainesville. There is work in many public and private collections (F.A.U., U. of Miami’s Special Collections, Palazzo Chigi, etc.) Publications range from In Dolphin Time, Type Tales and Dream Images to cookbook collaborations with Mary Taylor and, currently, a number of handmade books. Please visit www.dianefarris.com
Jill Enfield - "The New Americans"
The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, fine art photographer Jill Enfield is fascinated by the immigrant experience – the similar threads in all such stories and whether they are viewed as “outsiders or Americans.” Accordingly, she initiated the “New Americans” project to explore the immigrant experience and to present portraiture of that identity within the journey of a life.
For two years, she combed the Hudson Valley in search of discarded windows. Their distressed exteriors echo the hardship of what it means to be an immigrant. Enfield’s ideas find their fullest expression in the Greenhouse, located in Room 5. This structure, assembled from abandoned window frames, shares the ghostlike fragility of the glass panels that house her images. Enfield’s courageous decision to create these images using wet-plate collodion, a 150-year-old photographic technique fraught with difficulty and uncertain outcome, reinforces the precarious nature of immigration itself. Although current modes of transportation have improved, and people coming to the United States today can step on an airplane rather than being crammed into the hold of a ship for processing at Ellis Island, the undertaking of immigration remain filled with challenges. Her portraits are tangible displays of heritage, genealogy, homeland, and transition, and her passion culminated in the award-winning books Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes as well as Jill Enfield’s Guide to Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes. Please visit: www.jillenfield.com
23rd Annual Members’ Show
August 24 to October 26
FREE Opening Reception on August 23, 6 to 8 pm
Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s annual juried exhibition will showcase the work of its members, both inside the Photo Centre and on its Web site, www.workshop.org. A Best of Show cash prize of $950 will be awarded, as will two Merit Awards for free tuition for a FOTOfusion Passport or a Master Workshop. This year’s winners will be announced at the exhibition’s opening reception on August 23. Also on display at the Photo Centre will be The FOTOcamp Exhibition, showcasing works by the talented young people, ages 10 to 17, who participated in that summer’s FOTOcamp for Kids.