Southwest School of Art Photography Department: Student Exhibition | Florence Through A Plastic Lens
Jan 26, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Santikos Lobby Gallery and San Antonio Express News Gallery | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public
Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan 26, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Shot during a course offered by the Southwest School of Art this past August, the photographs in this exhibition were made in Florence Italy. During the 3 week period of study, students used vintage Diana and Holga cameras to capture not only the images of what was before them, but also to record the history and extensive collection of renaissance art and architecture that are so unique to that city. As photography Chair and supervising faculty from the trip, Victor Pagona, states, “The Diana/Holga was originally marketed as an inexpensive novelty gift item; the Diana/Holga has been used to specifically take soft focus, impressionistic photographs somewhat reminiscent of the Pictorialist Period of artistic photography. The cameras frequently suffer from light leaks, film advance issues, and other problems. However, its low-quality plastic lens has been celebrated for its artistic effects in photographs, normally resulting in a slightly blurred composition that can provide a 'dreamlike' quality to the print.” The results, presented in this exhibition, document a whirlwind effort that resulted in compelling images and changed viewpoints.
Shown: Don Buelter, Museo Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy, 2016