February 2011 Exhibitions

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Winners of Soho Photo’s First
Small Works National Competition


First Place
Sue Jenkins

Soho Photo Gallery is honored to present the winners of its first Small Works Juried National Competition, as chosen by our distinguished juror, Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. We initiated this competition to recognize those photographers who still enjoy the discipline of creating small masterpieces in an era when large photographs-very large–are in vogue. The competition’s rules stated that the height and width of entries could not exceed six inches in each direction. After viewing more than 600 images submitted by 95 photographers from across the country, Richard Klein, the juror, said, “Fifty photographs by 25 artists were chosen for Soho Photo’s Small Works Competition that exhibited a remarkable range of media, including tintype, silver gelatin, Polaroid, C-Print, and digital…Good art cannot be forgotten easily, and the 50 photographs in this show all exhibit consistent staying power.”

Furthermore, the entire gallery will be devoted to Small Works in February, with four member Small Works solo exhibitions plus a series of spotlight shows.


It is only in still water that we can see © Sue Jenkins, First Place Winner

Welcome-No Photos

Larry Davis


The sign at the entrance to the museum’s gallery says “Welcome–No Photos.” The artwork that lies beyond is available to be seen but not captured. But what if you want to capture that artwork? Consider their shadows. Are their shadows any less valuable because they are not tangible? Can’t they be photographed without penalty, without the risk of copyright infringement, or without the possibility of damage? The photographs in this exhibition are shadows of artwork (and then-some) that were captured legally in a variety of museums.


Welcome-No Photos © Larry Davis

Spectrum Series

Dwight Primiano


Bound between infrared and ultraviolet light lies our experience of perceptible light and color, a narrow sliver in the entirety of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Spectrum Series explores this tenuous space by beginning with the absence of light (nothingness) and expanding with the singular addition of one color upon another, until there finally arises the aesthetic consequence of the totality of the visible spectrum: white light.


Spectrum Series #10 © Dwight Primiano


Gary Duehr


These images explore the wounds and amputations inflicted on classic Roman and Greek statuary in museums. Some of the damage is obvious, a missing limb or blinded eye. Other mars the surface of a torso or spine. The statues appear to be survivors of war and personal strife. They become empathetic figures, speaking across time. Full of feeling, mute, the statues balance suffering with a certain beauty and dignity.


Torso © Gary Duehr


Myra R. Hafetz


The photographs in Whispers attempt to evoke the past through the suggestion of things: the rim of a cup, the handle of a ladle or the outline of a leaf. Many of these objects were found in kitchens, several in an old jelly factory. Viewing them retrieves lost associations with a special place or time. Where and with whom we shared a cup of tea, measured ingredients in a kitchen or eaten a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s day. The photographs are merely suggestions. Memories fill in the picture.


Whispers 1 © Myra Hafetz