Presented by Robert Becker, President of LVPC, and Mark Wonsidler, LUAG Curator of Collections & Exhibitions.
In Partnership with Lehigh University Art Galleries & Lehigh Valley Photography Club
Water is a material, a metaphor, a social space. A moving target for the camera’s eye, water appears and disappears as it changes shape and shifts from one state to another. Tracking the movement of light across the surface of this most elusive subject, generations of photographers have faced challenges both technical and poetic. Effects ranging from crisp focus to ghostly blur and moods that span the playful to the turbulent are on view in this exhibition of works from the LUAG permanent collection. Photographs by Weegee, Stoumen, Kertész, Porter, Bourke-White, Dassonville, and others are included.
Utilizing the diverse selection of work on view, after a Curator's Tour with Mark Wonsidler, Bob Becker will then discuss the various technical challenges and poetic choices faced when photographing water in its numerous forms, roles and actions. Resulting photographs express a range of effects from a crisp instantaneous focus to a ghostly long exposure blur; of moods that span from peaceful, reflective, playful to the turbulent. These images express the relationships that nature, humans and society have with water.