Exhibitions in 2010

3rd Annual College Student Show

March 26–April 18, 2010

The works of the next generation of image makers from schools all round the Capital District and beyond! We gave more than $500 in prizes sponsored by the Christos N. Apostle Trust, with additional prize funding from area colleges. Works came from students enrolled in Siena, Union, St. Rose, Sage Colleges, Marist, RPI, HVCC, and SUNY Albany participate, among others.

Almost 100 works were submitted for the show from a total of 30 different students representing seven schools in the region. Sixty-one pieces were accepted for exhibition. Ten students were selected to receive a total of $550 in cash awards. In addition, there were several purchase awards for the PhotoCenter’s permanent collection.
The works on exhibit were made by students from these colleges:

  • College of St. Rose (30 works)
  • University at Albany (14)
  • Hudson Valley Community College (8)
  • SUNY New Paltz (4)
  • SUNY Plattsburgh (3)
  • Northeastern (2)
  • Schenectady County Community College (1)

View the list of awards in PDF format.


The Argyros Collection — Silver Years

April 30–June 14, 2010
Curated by Katherine Wright, Director

Work by Ansel Adams, William Albert Allard, Christos Apostle, Eugene Atget, Craig Barber, Denis Brihat, Alexander Calder, Keith Carter, Lucien Clergue, Van Deren Coke, Andrew Davidhazy, Bruce Davidson, Barbara DeGenevieve, Robert Farber, James Fee, Jesseca Ferguson, Frank Eugene, Ralph Gibson, Lynn Goldsmith, Greg Gorman, Diana Grandi, David Hall, Steven Hazard, Wendy Holmes, Eikoh Hosoe, Kenro Izu, Manuel Komroff, Les Krims, Heinrich Kuehn, Elliott Landy, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Robert Maxwell, Robert McCann, Steve McCurry, Sheila Metzner, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, Barbara Morgan, Robert Motherwell, Sandy Noyes, Elizabeth Opalenik, Lady Ostapeck, Platon, Fawn Potash, Lilo Raymond, Ernestine Ruben, Vincent Serbin, Edward Steichen, Frank Stella, Jean Pierre Sudre, Jerry Uelsmann, Alex Webb, Jack Welpott, Leigh Wen, Cole Weston, Edward Weston, Katherine Wright, and more.

Nicholas Argyros, founder and executive director of the Photography Center,has been a collector and supporter of the art, concentrating in the medium of photography for almost 50 years. Included in his collections are an eclectic group of photographs, paintings, prints and other mediums from some of the most acclaimed artists. Many of the works were obtained through auctions, galas, gifts, and private purchases. This is a one-of-a-kind show that should not be missed.

This portion of The Argyros Collection, featuring 60 artists, represents the past 25 years of collecting. The artwork spans more than a century, dating from the early 1900s. This exhibit will present a rare opportunity to view a wide variety of work from some of the leading practitioners of photographic and other arts, many of whom have never been shown in this area.

Part 2 of the collection will exhibit work by prominent artists from this region in 2012.

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brickmanDavid Brickman reviews The Argyros Collection — Silver Years: 25 Years of Collecting Fine Art Photography and other Media in his Get Visual blog. He is an exhibiting artist, art critic. and curator based in Albany, NY. He is former Assistant Features Editor at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, where he started Get Visual in December 2008.

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Visions of Culture

June 18–August 1, 2010

Work by M-J L. Adelman, Kate Bader, J. Thalia Cunningham, Connie Frisbee Houde, and Diane Reiner. These five ambitious and fearless photographers have collectively travelled 90 percent of the globe — in most circumstances to non-tourist destinations that are usually on the U.S. travel advisory warning list.

From their images you will be captivated by their Visions of Culture. Although we live thousands of miles away, speak different languages,and have different customs the viewer will appreciate the common tread of humanity.

The PhotoCenter Gallery featured12 works from each photographer including images from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Kenya, Morocco, Niger, North Korea, Peru, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen.

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4th Annual Members Show

August 6–September 12, 2010

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Dan McCormack Varied Projects

January 8–February 21, 2010

Read David Brickman’s blog reviewing this show.


About the Artist

Dan McCormack began his relationship with photography in 1965 at the Institute of Design in Chicago, where he studied under Aaron Siskind, Joseph Jachna, Arthur Siegel, and Wynn Bullock, who gave him his firsthand experience with “truly creative photographs.”

Around 1967, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he explored the figure by photographing his wife, Wendy, and making multiple image prints. This was the birthing of McCormack’s central theme of depicting the nude figure through various techniques and processes.

The Photography Center is featuring 10 of McCormack’s projects developed over the past 20 years, all concentrated on multiple facets of the figure. The variety embodied in this work demonstrates McCormack’s creative use of simple equipment and his mastery of chemical and digital processes. These projects include palladium and cyanotype diptychs, pattern, face scan, Lillith, photograms, novel Nimslo and Holga camera techniques, 4 × 4, and McCormack’s most noted and inimitable work with the pinhole camera.

The pinhole project was started in 1999 when McCormack started shooting with an oatmeal container. “The distortions of the round camera are constantly a surprise. I process the 8 × 10 inch B&W sheet film and scan the negative into the computer. I colorize the files in Photoshop by pulling curves seeking to make an expressive image. This project I have continued for 10 years and it still holds my interest.”

Best of 2009

February 26–March 21, 2010

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Cheryl J. Gowie Merging Earth and Sky
Max Tiller
A Look at the Past
Alla Kogan Under the Falls
Mark VanWormer Guatemala
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Black & White
Robert Near Troy
Kate Bader Black Hat Dancer
John Yost
War 2012
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Composition Diane Reiner Hotel Movement Documentary William Hetzer Left Overs
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Jerry Freedner
Ice No. 1
Tim Leopardi
A New Day
Urban, Industrial Barry Jungulas
Pit Wall
Figure Study Robert Foss Maureen Portrait
Jeff Foley
A Bad Man
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Jake Winski
I Love You 2
Cheryl J. Gowie Merging Earth and Sky
Clark Seeley Morning Sunrise
Kate Bader Windmills, Holland

The images submitted for the Best of 2009 were truly outstanding, fulfilling the intention of the exhibit. We regret there is room to hang only 75 prints of the 350 images.  However, all submitted images will be on continual rotation as a slide show.

Also featuring work by:

M-J L. Adelman, David Aimone, Jeffery Altman, Nicole Armstrong,
John Berninger, Joe Bledsoe, David Brickman, Bill Cornish, Thea Coughlin,
Chris Demarco, Thomas Drake, Craig P. Flood, Jay Freud,
Nancy Noble Gardner, George Gati, Harvey Gurien, Peter Harris,
Ray Henrickson, Connie Frisbee Houde, Tom Killips, Ottmar Klaas,
Gary Larsen, Juha-Matti Levasalmi, Corey Mackenzie, Heather Madeline,
Joe Marcuccio, Dan McCormack, John McKinley, Wendy McLaughlin,
Doug Mitchell, Kevin Mullen, Gail Nadeau, Dave Ozmon, Lynn Palmiter,
Jeff Perkins, John Petersen, Frank Rapant, Heidi Ricks, Ralph Rio,
Clark Seeley, Cynthia Smith, Sean Sullivan, Katherine Wardle,
Jasper Layne Wilson, Jake Winiski, Dale Winsor, and Elizabeth Zois

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The Work of Susanna Bartoldus & Nicholas Walster

October 8–November 28, 2010

Curated by Katherine Wright, Director

Susanna Bartoldus and Nicholas Walster, each in their individual style, express their personal history through evocative images and descriptive text.

Bartoldus's work revolves around the illustration of her philosophy and experiences. Within the borders of the image frame she selects a minimal number of symbolic objects which give the viewer psychological insights into events or feelings that have impacted her life. settings are simplified to basic essentials to convey the impressions of critical moments."When coupled with her accompanying prose, her graceful images give the viewer goosebumps; they are hauntingly gorgeous," says Katherine Wright, curator of the exhibition. Bartoldus' recent work explores several themes, including the subconscious as a physical place and her voice through the exploration and deconstruction of women in myth.

Walster's Personal Panoramas are a marriage of heirloom family photographs and his own dreamy images. They depict emotionally moving snippets of his life. "His delicate style is like unwrapping his mind and plucking out a vivid memory through a soft filter of time," says Wright.

"Peopled with my family, the death of my father, the birth of my daughter, acts of passion, scenes of splendor, the blooming and fermenting of nature, I see these works as a visual diary of a life lived without the physical presence of the previously familiar — but with its traces tattooed on my desires and as a token of my gratitude for the sense of being a part of something bigger than myself." — Nicholas Walster

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