Annenberg Space for Photography to Display Altered Realities

If you will be in the Los Angeles area between December 17, 2011 and May 30, 2012, don’t miss the fascinating exhibit that will be on display at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Entitled “Digital Darkroom: An Exploration of Altered Realities,” the show will feature works by 17 artists from around the world who explore the intersection of art and technology.

Each artist has mastered different types of digital techniques: compositing highly layered imagery, working in 3D and lenticular imaging, meticulously stitching together images, using lighting in highly inventive ways, and so on. The artists come from a range of backgrounds, such as fine art, commercial art, portraiture, still life, fashion photography, architectural photography, or photographic and illustrative expression. But many of them freely cross genres and combine multiple techniques to create their art.

The artists featured in the show are:

Josef Astor

Pierre Beteille

Joel Grimes

Ted Grudkowski

Claudia Kunin

Chris Levine

Bonny Pierce Lhotka

Khuong Nguyen

Mike Pucher

Jean-François Rauzier

Martine Roch

Christopher Schneberger

Brooke Shaden

Stanley Smith

Maggie Taylor

Jerry Uelsmann

Jean-Marie Vives

The show will juxtapose the work of young artists immersed in digital work against that of Jerry Uelsmann, a master of darkroom compositing techniques. In addition to displaying 80 prints (2-6 images from each photographer), Digital Darkroom will showcase hundreds of additional images in vivid detail on the two 14 x 17-foot. high-resolution screens in the Digital Gallery of the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Foothills Frost, ©Bonny Pierce Lhotka, pigment transfer on tempered glass, 30 x 40 in.

In a specially created screening room, you can view a 3D film shot in 5K resolution using RED Epic cameras. The film includes interviews with 3D experts and historians Ray Zone and David Kuntz and 3D artists Ted Grudowski and Christopher Schneberger. It also will show how how 3D artists Claudia Kunin and Mike Pucher photograph their subjects and alter them digitally to create 3D results.

The curatorial advisor for The Digital Darkroom exhibition is Russell Brown, a Senior Creative Director at Adobe and an Emmy-Award-winning instructor. Brown was instrumental in the introduction of Adobe Photoshop and has helped many of world’s leading photographers, publishers, art directors and artists master techniques that enable their digital creations.

The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City, California. Admission is free.


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