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The Pennsylvania Project – Hinda Schuman & Linda Johnson

Fulton Diner
Adams Sunset
Life in Mars
Ms Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Project

Photographs by Hinda Schuman and Linda Johnson

Artist’s Statement:

We began this project in August of 2001, in part as an aesthetic investigation — how do two photographers see the same thing differently? — and in part because we were, and remain, astonished at the span of cultures found within these 67 counties. In 1992 James Carville’s assessment was that the state was “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh…with Alabama in between.“ Pennsylvania’s agrarian, industrial past, memorialized in places like the Eckley Miners’ Village in Luzerne County, is giving way to an unknown future. Through our photographs, we witness this evolution. As of January 2017 we have photographed in 47 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The project has been exhibited in solo exhibits in Philadelphia, PA, Rosemont PA, Westmoreland County, and as part of the Art of the State Juried Exhibition in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

Project Description:

For each of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania we create nine pairs of images, pairing one image of Linda’s with one image of Hinda’s. Each diptych becomes one singular image. When we go out to photograph we sometimes choose a specific event, like a county fair, or The “#9 Coal Mining Museum.” Sometimes we choose a county, point to the map and see what we find visually and emotionally compelling. It is our practice to photograph in the same place at the same time, but not necessarily to shadow one another. One of us might be interested in what’s going on backstage at the “Ms. Teen Pennsylvania Pageant” while the other concentrates on the action onstage. When we pair the images we look for what works together. This means there is compelling graphic and emotional reason for the images to be seen together. We arrived at nine pairs for each county rather randomly and have maintained that number throughout the project.

The show will open on Friday, April 7st with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until April 30, 2017.

Aegean Streets – Photographs by David Elliot

Aegean Streets

Photographs by David Elliot

Artist’s Statement:

Greece: sea, air, light—
everything reduced to essentials.
Time thinned out, whisked away,
hard Greek sun bleaching
everything,even rocks.

Since 2010 I have visited the group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea called the Cyclades several times. Drawn by the strong clear light and intense blue skies, I find the rugged landscapes, with the sea visible from almost everywhere, endlessly fascinating and inspiring to both my photography and poetry. But increasingly it has been the architecture that focuses my gaze.

Walking the mazy streets—
whitewashed walls, stairs,
windows ajar, breezes
blowing long white curtains into the blue.
Squinting at the sea shimmering
in the mist, no line between water and sky.
A thousand slices of time in the camera.

Typically the streets are narrow, without cars, twisting and turning like a maze (which they in fact were meant to be as defense against pirates) in rapidly changing perspectives. The whitewashed vernacular architecture of the towns and villages with their simple clean shapes, the play of light and shadow, led me to almost abstract, minimal images, often reduced to just a few lines, straight or curved, not unlike a haiku.

These Cycladic streets
so many shades of white—
a new moon

The show will open on Friday, March 3rd with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until March 31, 2017.

Scranton Notorious – Curated by Bernie Andreoli

Larceny of Chickens



Scranton Notorious

From the collections of Nick Petula, a Show curated by Bernie Andreoli

Curator’s Statement:

The spark for this show began three years ago when my friend Nick Petula asked me to scan part of his collection of 100-year-old Scranton Police Department mug shots.  They intrigued me.   I couldn’t get the images, descriptions of the criminals and description of crimes out of my head.  The images are wonderful examples of basic informational portraits yet they appear to have been made by a true photographic artist.  The frontal image with an expressionless stare and piercing eyes and the casual profile belie the reason for the images to be made.  A meld of art, history and the foibles of man.
The show will open on Friday, November 4th with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until December 30, 2016.

The Camerawork Gallery is located in the lower level of Marquis Art and Frame at 515 Center St. Scranton, PA.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. 570-344-3313
For more information, please contact Lori Ryan. 1-570-352-2605

Scranton Notorious Held Over for December

The response to the Scranton Notorious show has been tremendous. The show will be held over through December 30th. Don’t miss it. The gallery will be open on First Friday December 2nd so come on by.

Wow! Fantastic First Friday Show

Lori Ann Brunetti’s show last night was very powerful. The black and white prints from “The Evolution of Olivia Grace” were superbly done. A must see show!