Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Off the Wall" - Fashion Photography in Black & White

August 30, 2009 (Winchester, MA) Inspired by portrait photographer Richard Avedon’s practice of shooting and editing for the wall versus the page, this group show features 12 New England-based photographers capturing fashion in classic black and white.

The photographers included in the show are Tracy Aiguier, Sadie Dayton, Conor Doherty, Cig Harvey, William Huber, Michael Khachadoorian, Kim Kennedy, Liz Linder, Jorg Meyer, Bob Packert, Phil Porcella and Francine Zaslow.

What constitutes a fashion image constantly evolves. Frivolous, glamorous, sumptuous, witty, painterly, and stark, fashion - and images of it - evoke emotion. Photography and fashion have moved to center stage during the past 50 years, as advertising simultaneously chronicles and shapes our visual culture.

The show runs from September 14 through November 1 at the satellite exhibition space: The Griffin Museum @ Digital Silver Imaging, 11 Brighton Street, Belmont MA. The gallery is the newest of the museum’s satellite locations. The opening reception is October 2, 6-8 PM, to coincide with Boston Fashion Week.

The show is juried and curated by Paula Tognarelli , executive director of the Griffin Museum; Jay Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week; and J. Sybylla Smith, wardrobe stylist and owner of GoTo Design Studio.

“Off The Wall” is the title of a book, a movie, and a record-breaking album. It is slang for unconventional, bizarre, manic, absurd, inappropriate, unpredictable, and eccentric,’’ says Smith. ``It aptly reflects the stylistic range of these large format true silver gelatin prints produced by Digital Silver Imaging.”

Smith gives a brief tour of the exhibit at the gallery in Belmont on October 4 at 4 PM, followed by an intimate behind-the-scenes discussion on style and fashion concepts in today's fashion photography. The talk is open to the public and free. .

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, to mirror Digital Silver’s hours, or by appointment. Call 781-729-1158.

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