Issue #63  10/7/2003
Two New Special Exhibits Up On Iphotocentral

You will find two new Special Exhibits up on I Photo Central, added to the other 22 exhibits that were already on display. We have also continued to change images and add to our essays for all our Special Exhibits, so they are all worth another peek, especially if you have not looked lately.

Here are our two newest additions:

"Camera Obscura" is the latest Special Exhibit from Charles Schwartz. This is an exciting new collaboration between Charles and fellow photographer Bill Westheimer, combining modern digital capture technology with a 19th-century camera obscura technique. For the past year Schwartz and Westheimer have been making digital photograph views of New York that they capture with a camera obscura that has been built into the top of Charles' studio and home. The prints are pigment-based ink jet prints.

While this is still a work in progress, Charles is very excited about the results and is eager to share these unique camera obscura photographs with others. Nothing is for sale at this point, but Charles and Bill welcome your feedback. You can send Charles your feedback at: cms@cs-photo.com .

I personally feel that the look and perspective is radically different than nearly anything I have seen in photography: like a contemporary peepshow from an aerial perspective. Perhaps the only antecedent might be Kertesz's From My Window series, but these images may be even more personal given the technology. Actually, many of what I feel are the best images produced have not yet been put up in the Special Exhibit, so I will wait patiently for even more images from Charles and Bill.

By the way, if you would like more information on Charles' Camera Obscura, you should go to: http://www.cs-photo.com .

"The World in an Instant: The Representation of Movement in Photography (1850-1900)" is the first Special Exhibit by new I Photo Central member Galerie Hypnos of Paris. Gallery owner Arnaud Delas has created an exhibition on photographing movement at the beginning of the photographic era. His exhibit reminds us how difficult it was for early practicioners to capture such moments--from crashing waves to simple cloud studies. The photographers represented range from well-known photographers such as Charles Marville (a fine cloud study) and Eadweard Muybridge (child's movement study) to anonymous images (fine seascapes, a bicycle race and Niagara Falls).

You can see all of these fine exhibits, along with 22 others at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php . We are constantly changing and updating these exhibits as we get in new items, so if you have not looked at them in the last few days, you probably have not seen a lot of the material on display even in the older Special Exhibits.