For Immediate Release: Contact: Tammy Cromer-Campbell
April 7, 2016 903.241.4844, [email protected]
Come see the remarkable work of Seattle photographer Ryan Synovec. He photographed it with a Holga camera and infrared film. It is a great show. Join us April 7 from 5 -8 pm at TCC PHOTO | GALLERY, located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, Texas 75601 and online at www.tccphotogallery.com . The exhibit is up through May 20, 2016.
Photography by Ryan A. Synovec
My project “Ethereal” was shot entirely with a Holga camera on infrared film. When shooting with a Holga, I feel like I’m recording a mood as much as the image itself: always fleeting, tunnel vision, dark and distorted around the edges. It’s like capturing images in a dream. The first group of images in the project were shot at Japanese gardens throughout the Northwest. The play between the three (subject, camera, and film) is unique and beautiful as the distinctive qualities of the Holga camera and infrared film accentuate the mystique and calm of the Japanese garden. The effect is soft, surreal, and somewhat impressionistic at times. The other group of images in this project were shot at various gardens and arboretums in the Northwest.
Faraway in time, faraway in mind, like my projects “ethereal” and ‘Chicago – in contrast”, faraway was shot on infrared film using a Holga camera. Many of the images were shot using 6 to 12 minute exposures, transforming a dynamic ocean and sky, smoothing, evening, creating an image calm and timeless, faraway from here and now. As with all of my projects, none of the images have been manipulated. These are limited edition prints on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper using Piezography carbon pigment inks. www.aspectrasphotography.com
Ryan Synovec is an award winning fine art photographer from Seattle, via Chicago and Minnesota. Since 2007 he has been shooting exclusively with a Holga medium format plastic camera. Ryan’s projects Ethereal, Faraway, and Chicago-in Contrast, were all shot with a Holga and infrared film, a combination used by a very limited group of photographers. This technique can be extremely challenging, but when successful, the result is a uniquely beautiful, dreamlike image.
Ryan has emerged as one of the leading photographers using this technique. His Holga infrared images have been published multiple times in B&W Magazine. Several images appear in the 2nd edition of Michelle Bates book “Plastic Cameras, Toying with Creativity”. Ryan’s work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout the country.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Tammy Cromer-Campbell
December 5, 2015 903.236.4686, [email protected]
2015 Texas Photographic Society’s 28th Annual Member’s Only Show Juror: Keith Carter
28th Annual Members' Only Show
Juror Keith Carter has selected 50 images from 50 artists for this year's Members' Only Show. Congratulations to all the exhibiting photographers! A complete list of artists, with award winners noted in bold, are as follows:
Hugh Adams | Geoffrey Agrons | Jimmy Ball | Mariana Bartolomeo | Eleanor M. Brown | Suzy Burleson | Ryn Clarke | Troy Colby | Sam Davis | Kay J. Denton | Paul Greenberg | Tytia Habing | Susan Hanson | Mark Hickman | Susan Keiser | Danielle René Khoury | Deb Kreimborg | Kent Krugh | Bonnie Landis | Robert Linsky | Annie Lopez | Caroline MacMoran | Ed Malcik | Jamie Maldonado | Leba Marquez | Marilyn Maxwell | Shawn McBride | Julie McCarthy | Edgar Miller| Chet Morrison | Bill Motley | Hannah Neal | Janet Flato Sanders | Patricia Sandler | Shawn Saumell | Wendi Schneider | Deb Schwedhelm | Danny Schweers | Sharon O'Callaghan Shero | Sara Silks | Winifred Simon | Catherine W. Singer | Chad D. Smith | Steven Stokan | Beckwith Thompson | Thomas Urgo | Carol Watson | Sandra Chen Weinstein | Jonas Yip | Dianne Yudelson
The exhibition will hang at the TCC PHOTO | GALLERY in Longview, Texas, from December 10, 2015, through March 18, 2016, located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, TX 75601 or at tccphotogallery.com. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 10 from 5-8:00pm in conjunction with the Longview’s ArtWalk. We hope you can attend! Go here to view. https://tccphoto.com/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=455&action=edit&message=6
About Keith Carter
Carter is the recipient of numerous awards including the Texas Medal of Arts and the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In addition, Carter has received the highest honors given to faculty for teaching, the University Professor Award, The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, and the Regents’ Professor Award. He is the author of eleven books: “Fireflies”, “A Certain Alchemy”, “Opera Nuda”, “Ezekiel’s Horse”, “Holding Venus”, “Keith Carter Photographs: Twenty-Five Years”, “Bones”, “Heaven of Animals”, “Mojo”, “The Blue Man”, and “From Uncertain to Blue”.
Carter’s work has been exhibited widely in over 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the George Eastman House; and the Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography in San Marcos, Texas.
As an educator and practicing artist, I am fond of a wide variety of photographic styles. From elegant historical processes, digital composites, and cell phone images, it’s the authenticity of ideas presented that continually interest me.
After forty years of image making I find the work of others exciting, particularly when it educates or enlarges my own world. What I look for are moments of revelation when the world is at once mysterious and crystal clear. Those visual pleasures are, in my experience, rare and to be cherished.
When confronted with unfamiliar work I often ask myself several questions:
1. What exactly am I looking at?
2. What are they trying to tell me?
3. Were they successful?
4. Was it worth doing in the first place?
I look forward to your sharing what you find interesting in the world.
September 23, 2015 Contact: Tammy Cromer-Campbell
For Immediate Release: [email protected], 903.236.4686
5th Annual Holga & MORE Out of the Box (on creativity that is) Photo Competition
Exhibition Winners Juror: Michelle Bates
Michelle Bates selected an awesome exhibition from all the entries from 4 countries and the United States. Stop by and see the 5th Annual Holga & MORE Out of the Box (on creativity that is) Photo Competition Exhibition Winners at 207 N. Center St., Longview, TX 75601 or online at
Here are the winners:
1st Place: Nevermore, 1st Place, Holga Infrared with Hoya IR filter, Archival Carbon Pigment Print, $800, © Ryan Synovec, Seattle, WA
2nd Place: Quiet, 2nd Place, Archival Pigment Print, Diana camera, $600
© Richard Bonvissuto, Palm Springs, CA
3rd Place: French Quarter Study #18, 3rd Place, Archival Pigment Prints,
Pinhole Holga, $950, 2/15, © Terrell Clark, Atlanta, GA
Repose, Archival Pigment Print, Holga SF, $500 © Adrienne Defendi, Palo Alto, CA
During The Rain, Archival Pigment Print, Banner Camera, $550, © 2015 Chuck Baker, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Rejected, Archival Pigment Print, Holga N Modified, $200, © Karen Janas, Lombard, IL
The ghostly sister, Archival Pigment Print, $400, 4/30, An P+ (Diana F+ personified) © Jaybees, Lambersart, France
Early Dreamers, C-Print from Wet Plate Collodion Tintype, Holga 120, $225, © Barbara J. Dombach, Holtwood, PA
Mark In Pool, Archival Pigment Print, Diana camera, $600 © Richard Bonvissuto, Palm Springs, CA
Juror: Michelle Bates said this about selecting the show:
This was a very fun exhibition to jury; there were many images with a fresh originality in style and subject, along with technical expertise. I didn't know photographers or any title, camera, or technical data when reviewing the images, and, as is usual these days, worked from digital files (which is very different than seeing framed photographs that take into account printing, size and framing choices).
I found myself responding to many photos that included people, but from the back or side, not engaging with the camera. Once I realized that, I went with it, to help create a coherent exhibition (and there were many to select from). I also respond to light used as a subject, and to strong patterns.
The top choice for this year was Ryan Synovec's infrared Holga photo, "Nevermore." I have loved Ryan's photos for years, but didn't recognize this as his, since he keeps expanding the range of what he makes infrared images of with his Holga (from traditional foliage, to buidlings, to clouds and more). The image has a slightly impossible look to it, as it turns out because the tree is a metal sculpture. The raven, however, is real. The glow of the tree and clouds is stunning.
Richard Bonvissuto's Diana camera image, "Quiet," (second place) captures the texture of the water in a palpable way, evoking both stillness and movement. The unseen gaze of the subject allows the viewer to imagine any mood they might be feeling, or want to feel. Images like this are successful to me because they allow different interpretations and keep me interested over time.
Third place went to Terrell Clark's pinhole Holga image, "French Quarter Study #18." The strong graphics, unusual perspective, leading angles, complementary shapes, and evocation of a place and mood all attracted me to this image, and keep my eyes wandering around and around it.
Each of the beautiful honorable mention photos, by Adrienne Defendi, Chuck Baker, Karen Janas, Jean-Baptiste Morand, Barbara J. Dombach, and, once again, Richard Bonvissuto, contain compositional elements that draw my eye and keep it engaged with the image; wondering where the path leads, where the man is going, what the women are thinking, and little bit of "what is going on there?"
I'm impressed with the quality of the entries, love the images that make up the show, and appreciate everyone who entered and shared the images with us. I look forward to seeing what the images look like framed!
For Immediate Release: Contact: Tammy Cromer-Campbell
July 2, 2015 [email protected] 903.241.4844
Beyond the Forest
Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012
Photographs by Loli Kantor
Come by and view Loli Kantor’s Beyond the Forest, Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012, exhibit. It will be up from July 2 - August 14, 2015. Loli Kantor is a Fine Art and documentary photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her photographs which have garnered notable awards are in public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Lviv National Museum, Ukraine, and Lishui Museum of Photography in China. Kantor was born in Paris, France, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been published in numerous publication, including Lens Work. We are located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, Texas. The exhibit opens with ArtWalk, Thursday, July 2, from 5 - 8pm.
About the project:
Beyond the Forest photographic series represent the fragile renewal of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century. The photographs were taken over a span of nearly a decade, mostly in Poland and Ukraine, using a variety of photographic language to express the absence, as well as the presence of Jewish life and culture there.
This project began while Kantor, an Israeli-American photographer turned a journey to discover the world of her ancestors, most having perished in the Holocaust, into a broader engagement with the daily life of Jews of Eastern Europe in the early 21st century. Kantor’s photographs tell a story of the fragile reemergence of Jewish life in rural and urban Poland and Ukraine.
Kantor visited Jews living in the small villages, (former shtetls/ small villages which were predominantly Jewish before WWII now almost extinct) as well as in the larger towns, where a presence of Jewish cultural rebirth was apparent. She has seen that Jewish identity has been preserved in these larger communities, with a near extinct in the smaller villages. By returning to some of the same place over several years, gaining the trust and the access required to photograph these places, Kantor was able to photograph both the personal and communal daily life, as well as aspects of religious/traditions practiced.
A monograph entitled Beyond The Forest, Jewish Presence in eastern Europe, 2004 - 2012 has been published by the University of Texas Press November 2014. We have it available in our online store.
Please visit Loli's website for more information. www.lolikantor.com
Bring the family to experience this body of work. All will be enriched.