Monday, April 11, 2011
Recommendation: 'Shadows of a Fleeting World' exhibit (Henry Art)
If you’re a Garden docent looking over the list of “Participating Reciprocal Admissions Organizations” for National Volunteer Week, which started yesterday, or to anyone reading this:
I would highly recommend going to Henry Art Gallery to see the exhibit “Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and Seattle Camera Club”. (It ends May 8th; general website: www.henryart.org)
I’d wanted to see this exhibit since first hearing about it several months ago. What would a group of photographers in the early 20th century choose to capture on film here, what influenced their aesthetic choices, etc.? Like several of you, I take photographs, and I always find it fascinating to see what others choose to pull into a frame, what moments become suspended in time.
Among the photographers whose works you’ll see are Dr. Kyo Koike, Frank Kunishige, Iwao Matsushita, Ella McBride, Virna Haffler, Miss Y. Inagi, Hideo Onishi, Soichi Sunami, Yasuzo Nojima and Yukio Morinaga. (The club included women---unusual for the times. Look for the female photographer whose work only survives as 2 prints in a book of photography displayed in a case at the exhibit.)
I’m grateful that these photographs are preserved for us to experience. Taking time to view them recalibrates the eye, and deepens the moments that I'm behind a lens.
P.S. 4/12 from aleks: Today it's a 50th anniversary of the first human being to journey into outer space: on April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin in his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth. Here, courtesy of NASA, a little music gift complementing the spirit of Nat's post about our fleeting world: