“As photographers, we are not only composers, we are editors. We are selecting what makes the strongest picture, rejecting what weakens it by choosing what to include inside the edges of the frame, choosing where the visual weight of each tone and shape will reside in order to create cohesive and dynamic structure—to make pictures that are more than what they are of.” -Paula Chamlee
View Finders: Four Photographic Voices illuminates the work of four contemporary photographers with local roots—Paula Chamlee, Catherine Jansen, Brian Peterson, and Michael Smith—who represent four distinct approaches to the medium. This exhibition will include Chamlee’s incisive studies of surface and place; a selection from Jansen’s project 1008, an “experiential journey into sacred storytelling” created in more than 25 trips to India; Peterson’s melodic explorations of nature and light; and a range of Smith’s rarely-exhibited portraits from across the globe. Despite their differences in process, technique, and equipment, all four artists emphasize the power of photography to represent connection and to communicate an experience of environment, energy, and spirit. On the occasion of the Michener’s 30th anniversary, View Finders celebrates the contributions of these artists and recognizes photography as a significant force in the legacy of the region.
View Finders: Four Photographic Voices is supported by the Photography Patrons Circle of the James A. Michener Art Museum.