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Opening June 19
From people watching to storytelling, Portrait/Process appeals to the voyeur in all of us while exploring the various genres of photographic portraits. The exhibition examines approaches in contemporary photography, and provides a historical perspective on the portrait from the daguerreotype to the smartphone.
The exhibition is divided into sections exploring the various portrait forms such as the environmental portrait, the self portrait, the vernacular portrait and the historical portrait. The photographs illustrate how various processes facilitate the intent, concept and expression of the artist.
In addition to works by Contemporary American artists, the exhibition includes iconic images from St. Louis collections, the International Photography Hall of Fame collection, as well as an amazing selection of daguerreotypes from a local collector. The exhibition was curated by Ellen Curlee.
The International Photography Hall of Fame is grateful to the St. Louis collectors and companies who have agreed to lend their collections for this exhibition, and extends its sincere thanks for the kind cooperation of all of the artists featured, who have graciously lent their work to this upcoming exhibition.
Photographers featured in photograph above: Brian Riley / Heather Bennett / John Foster / Mikael Kennedy / Ellen Jantzen / Eric Shultis / Patti Gabriel / Michelle Rogers Pritzl / Oscar Rejlander / Emily Stremming / Michael Dvorak / Mark Katzman
Decisive Moments | 20th Century Street Photography
Prints from St. Louis Collections
February 7, 2014 – June 8, 2014
Street photography has its roots in early 20th century Paris when Eugene Atget started documenting the city with a large format camera. By the 1920s, Paris was the artistic capital of the world and street photography flourished. Artists, such as Cartier Bresson, André Kertesz and Brassaii, who were influenced by modernism and photojournalism and liberated by the advent of the small camera, took to the streets to document everyday life. American photographers, such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans and Helen Levitt lived in Paris during those years. They came back to be part of a loosely knit group of artists who documented American life and went on to influence a generation of street photographers.
The exhibition Decisive Moments | 20th Century Street Photography | Prints from St. Louis Collections traces the evolution of street photography through iconic works spanning the century. City streets, daily life and our changing society are seen through the eyes of the masters. In Cartier Bresson’s perfect compositions, in depictions of the city ‘s underbelly by Brassaii and Weegee, in the street children captured by Helen Levitt, and in the works by many more photographers we witness the unfolding of the 20th Century.
The International Photography Hall of Fame is grateful to the St. Louis collectors and companies who have agreed to lend their collections for this exhibition.
Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography is curated by IPHF board member and guest curator Ellen Curlee.
Anna Kuperberg’s South Side
February 7, 2014 – April 27, 2014
San Francisco-based photographer, Anna Kuperberg, moved to the city of St. Louis after studying photography at Washington University. She became quickly fascinated with the city’s South Side, and the children that lived and played there. Using her camera as a passport, Kuperberg was able to gain access to their world of play, and her fascination grew to become a multi-year project documenting, in exquisite detail, the broad potential of innocence.
The International Photography Hall of Fame is fortunate for the opportunity to display this body of work, which will extend the historical focus of Decisive Moments | 20th Century Street Photography | Prints from St. Louis Collections to the streets of St. Louis.
Anna Kuperberg’s work is featured in the permanent collections of major institutions across the country, including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Portland Art Museum.
Anna Kuperberg’s South Side is curated by IPHF volunteer and guest curator Jason Gray.
Susan Stang’s Chasing Serendipity
February 7, 2014 – March 7, 2014
Chasing Serendipity is a series of photographs shot with a quirky toy digital camera called the JOCO VX5. The series includes photographs taken in a number of countries and cities, and this variety of locations makes even more apparent the serendipitous connections between different places and cultures. The series is replete with numerous iconic sites and symbols, from the Empire State Building and Tower of Pisa, to Marilyn Monroe, baseball, gondolas and drive-thru wedding chapels. It is a sequence of continual visual and cultural connections, conveying a sense of uncanny coherence regarding the appearance of the world. One can only marvel at the serendipitous wholeness within appearances.
Susan Hacker Stang is an American photographer, author, and educator. She is professor of communications at Webster University in St. Louis. Her work has been collected by more than 20 major museums and libraries around the world and appears in numerous books and magazines.
Stang majored in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned both a BFA (1971) and MFA (1974), studying under photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. In 1971 she re-located for one year to London where she worked as a photographer for the cutting-edge British fashion magazine NOVA. In 1974 she joined the faculty of Webster University in St. Louis, where she helped found and build the photographic studies program in the School of Communications. In recent years, she teaches during the summer at The Darkroom in Florence, Italy.
Susan Stang’s Chasing Serendipity is curated by IPHF board member and guest curator Ellen Curlee.
St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers
from St. Louis
March 7, 2014 – April 27, 2014
St. Louis is a city with a rich photographic heritage stretching back almost to the very origin of the medium. Today, the cultural landscape of the city supports a diverse array of photographic artists, including a large network of Street Photographers. Locally, the fervor to document the rapidly changing urban environment forms an interesting parallel to the motivations of Europe’s first Street Photographer, Eugene Atget. Many organizations, like Photo Flood Saint Louis, devote themselves entirely to this purpose. That said, the lenses of St. Louis’ Street Photographers extend also beyond its borders, to capture street scenes in far-flung locales around the world.
St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis features work from such recognized artists as Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Sam Fentress and Bob Reuter, while introducing the photographs of many talented newcomers. The exhibition displays the full variety of work being produced throughout the region by photographers working within the genre.
The International Photography Hall of Fame extends its sincere thanks for the kind cooperation of all of the artists featured, who have graciously lent their work to the exhibition.
St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis is curated by IPHF volunteer and guest curator Jason Gray.
Sponsors of this exhibition include
Bullivant Gallery, Emerson, Maritz, Regional Arts Commission,
The Lawrence Group, and UniGroup Logistics.