Mason Murer Fine Art Presents Women in Focus XXI

 Natural Arch, El Malpais National Monument, Grants, New Mexico. Photo ©2014 Lee Anne White.

Natural Arch, El Malpais National Monument, Grants, New Mexico. Photo ©2014 Lee Anne White.

It may still be September, but the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography, which runs throughout October, is already in full swing. Several gallery openings are being held this week, including two at Mason Murer Fine Art. One of those is the Women in Focus XXI exhibition juried by Fay Gold. Four of my black-and-white prints were selected for inclusion. The opening reception is free and open to the public, so consider dropping by during your Friday night on the town! Here are the details:

 

Opening Reception: Fri, Sep 26, 6pm - 9pm

Exhibition: Fri, Sep 26, to Fri, Oct 31

Women in Focus XXI Juried by Fay Gold

Celebrating 21 years, a Women in Focus members Annual Exhibit, juried by Fay Gold. www.womeninfocusatlanta.com.

Women In Focus is a non-profit artist-initiated organization of women photographers who have joined together to support and promote the photographic arts. It was founded in 1993 by a group of women who recognized the need for a formal network of women photographers who could assist in each others' personal, professional, and artistic growth. Women In Focus has become a thriving organization whose diverse membership includes photographic artists ranging from beginners to seasoned professionals, all brought together by their passion for photography. Women In Focus values each individual member for the unique contributions that she brings to the organization and strives to provide all members with the resources that they need to thrive as artists. Women In Focus is dedicated to facilitating a forum for open dialogue regarding photography in all of its forms. Educational programs address both technical proficiency and scholarship by incorporating lectures, workshops, field trips and critiques and by covering topics related to the history and business of photography as well as the creation of images. Women In Focus engages in community activity by hosting events all around Atlanta. The scope of the group's activities is further extended past the geographical area of its home base through an Internet presence and joint projects with women photographers around the world.

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Michael Kenna

 

When it comes to masters of landscape photography, few can match the work of Michael Kenna. He sees and photographs not only the natural and built landscape, but the ethereal atmospheric conditions that exist long after sunset and at dawn.

The first time I saw Kenna's work in person was at a private gallery in Atlanta, and I had never seen anything quite like the nighttime images of the Ratcliffe Power Station in Nottinghamshire, England. These were rich, bold and incredibly powerful images beautifully printed in black and white. His sense of composition and photographic design struck me then as impeccable, and still does today.

Kenna has produced more than 20 books and catalogs throughout his career. Perhaps not surprisingly, my favorite is Le Notre's Gardens: Photographs by Michael Kenna, with text by Eric T. Haskell. The book originated as a catalog for an exhibition of 40 photographs at The Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art at The Huntington in 1997. The book features revised text and 20 additional photographs. The photographs were taken at Chantilly, Courances, Fontainebleau, Les Tuileries, Marly, Petit Trianon, Saint-Cloud, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Sceaux, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versaille--eleven of Le Notre's most notable classic French gardens.

Kenna's most recent books have been as noteworthy for their production qualities as for their exquisite photographs. Hokkaido, which was published in 2006 by Nazraeli Press, was printed with special black ink on heavy, uncoated Japanese paper stock, bound in wooden maple boards, and housed in a sleek slipcase.

Here is a short profile of Kenna produced by Giving Something Inc. that includes an interview with the photographer.

 

Joyce Tenneson Exhibit

I had the pleasure of participating in one of Joyce Tenneson's workshops this past year at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. I have long admired the spiritual nature of her work and believe her book Wise Women was brilliant in both concept and execution. That's not to say her other books aren't outstanding. This one just hits the mark on so many levels. And I consider it the perfect gift book for any woman. Of any age.

When discussing the book, Joyce noted, "I loved doing Wise Women. I am not afraid of growing older. As long as you are interesting, people will want to be around you." Good advice.

This spring, Bulfinch Press released a retrospective book of her work: Joyce Tenneson, A Life in Photography. And she reports that she has already been on an eight-city tour for book signings. In addition, Gallery 291 in San Francisco is currently hosting an exhibition of her work by the same title. An artist reception and book signing will be held July 30. For information, contact Gallery 291 at 291 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Here's a short slideshow featuring Joyce's work: