SNAP: A National Juried Photography Exhibition

Dec 8 - Feb 19, 2012

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A National Juried Photography Exhibition

Dec 8 - Feb 19, 2012

When we focus our lens and snap a photo, countless elements are in play. We choose our subject and composition, film speed and depth of field. Then there’s light and exposure and mood. Photography is fine art – the marriage of ethereal elements and technical expertise to capture a moment in time. From December 8 through February 19, the Bedford Gallery celebrates the richness of our photographic tradition with SNAP: A National Juried Exhibition of Photography. The show is designed around three themes: Our World/Our Land; Our People: Narrative and Portrait; and Conceptual and Abstract.  These three themes converge to create a show that captures many different viewpoints.  For example, viewers will travel to the edge of the world with Henrik Kam’s Intake (Our World/Land); experience the transition from youth to adulthood with Jan Watten’s Emelie (Our People); and visit a make believe, but all too familiar place in Sandra Elkind’s We Were Nostalgic for Something that Had Yet to Happen (Conceptual/Abstract).

The show is juried by Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography at the Oakland Museum of California, and Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Bedford Gallery, says she chose these themes because often when we look at a photographer’s body of work, we can trace their shift from land to figures to more abstract themes.  

“Photography, now ubiquitous with digital capacity, is at an amazing and very rich crossroads,” says Lederer. “Today, the medium holds center stage in our contemporary art world, and has never before been so fully explored and embraced. The works in SNAP come to the Bedford from around the U.S. and the breadth of images—political, figurative, narrative, abstract, and conceptual—create a startling and diverse portrait of who we are as a nation today.”

SNAP features work by more than 45 photographers:

Johnna Arnold, Oakland, CA , Daniel Beltra, Seattle, WA, Aaron Blum, Pittsburgh, PA, Claire Brees, San Francisco, CA, Laurie Halsey Brown, San Francisco, CA, Jeff Castleman, Oakland, CA, Mima Cataldo, Petaluma, CA, Carlos Chavarria, San Francisco, CA, Cherie Chavez, Oakland, CA, Marna Clarke, Pt Reyes, CA, Marion Coleman, Castro Valley, CA, Barbara Buchholz Collins, Palo Alto, CA, Timothy Colose, New York, NY, Willson Cummer, Fayetteville, NY, Alexander Diaz, St Augustine, FL, Sandra Elkind, Denver, CO, Shirl Fink, Orinda, CA, Rebecca Finley, Spring, TX, Terri Garland, Soquel, CA, Richard Gilles, Folsom, CA, Kent Hasel, Walnut Creek, CA, Brenton Haslam, Oakland, CA, Rolfe Horn, Oakland, CA, Henrik Kam, San Francisco, CA, Allyson Klutenkamper, Portsmouth, OH     Kerry Kolenut, Franklin Lines, NJ, Lisa Levine, Alameda, CA, Tatjana Loh, San Francisco, CA, Kija Lucas, Oakland, CA, Rebecca Martinez, San Francisco, CA, Jon McNeal, San Francisco, CA, Andreanne Michon, San Francisco, CA, Melinda Myers, Mokena, IL, Gary Nakamoto, Oakland, CA, Julia Nelson-Gal, Palo Alto, CA, Rebecca Palmer, Los Altos, CA, Jane Paradise, East Orleans, MA, Courtney Richards, Union Grove, WI, Naaman Rosen, Oakland, CA, Michael Linton Simpson, Berkeley, CA, Charlie Stephens, Oakland, CA, Jamey Stillings, Santa Fe, NM, Peter Tonningsen, Alameda, CA, Mariana Vieira, Snowmass Village, CO, Peter Vincent, Moscow, ID, Jan Watten, Alameda, CA, Katherine Westerhout, Oakland, CA, Eddie Wexler, Mahwah, NJ, Ethan Worden, Oakland, CA