Altered Visions

Thomas Kellner Deconstructing Europe

Dan Burkholder: Katrina's Aftermath


Date: September 7-30


German photographer Thomas Kellner finds the rhythms in architecture through his "deconstructs" of buildings. First created in sketches and then calculated frame by fame tilting his 35 mm camera, Kellner makes the final contact print from the reassembled negatives. Drawing his inspiration from cubist art, his photographs resemble the Polaroid collages of David Hockney, with a little Frank Ghery for good measure.Kellner first showed his photographs at the Photographic Image Gallery in 2003 during Photo Lucida. After many European exhibitions, he is now represented in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland and has been featured in US art publications.

The Photographic Image Gallery is located at 79 S.W. Oak Street (at First Avenue), at Oak Street Station on the MAX light-rail line. Gallery hours are 10:00am – 5:30pm Monday through Saturday. The Photographic Image Gallery specializes in photographs by emerging and mid-career artists and is the oldest gallery in the Pacific Northwest specializing in Fine Art Photography.


Dan Burkholder was one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s. Melding his unique vision with mastery of both the wet and digital darkrooms, Burkholder has helped open doors for all black and white photographers interested in moving into the new electronic technologies. His platinum prints are now included in many museum and private collections. This show will feature Dan's latest work, photographs of the aftermath of Katrina, showing his distinctive style that goes beyond earlier work in his portfolio. In keeping with his constan! t exploration of digital imagery, these pigmented ink prints draw the viewer into the devastation with their stunning and rich canvas feel. Using High Dynamic Range techniques he is able to capture both shadow and highlight values that would otherwise have contrast rations far beyond anything in film. Taking up to 16 exposures of the same scene at the different settings, Burkholder uses his computer to recombine the images and recreate the truest color balance without the shadows, rendering the colors hyper-real in a way that impacts the viewer with the visual experience. From his first showing at the Photographic Image 14 years ago, Burkholder has continually been a leader in the use of technology that is redefining the future of photography. 



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