D.C. Photographer Alex Stefan to Premiere Industry Pics at Fine Art & Artists Gallery in Georgetown

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Fine Art & Artists introduces Alex Stefan and his Industry Pics series with an opening reception on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. This "non-traditional" collection marks his first exhibition with the Georgetown Gallery. Alex's special effects are purely non-digital, produced in camera and not during printing.

On Saturday, June 21, Alexander Stefan will open his exhibit Industry Pics at Fine Art & Artists Gallery in Georgetown. This exhibit will be Stefan's first show at the gallery.

Stefan, originally from Moscow, is making his debut gallery show in D.C. with this collection that takes an interesting and intriguing look at machinery and industrial objects with an insightful and urban feel. Industry Pics uses bold color combinations that make ordinary life and surroundings seem anything but ordinary.

The pieces in this collection reflect Stefan's training, experienced eye, and appreciation for traditional film. He feels with the changing times many people made a quick jump to use digital, not realizing that certain effects and style of traditional film simply can not be replicated in digital. Shunning all use of the computer in his creative process, and with a knack for finding the perfect shot, Stefan has proven that art can be found anywhere. It's just a matter of discovering it.

His non-digital, "enhanced reality" processes, often viewed by purists as "taboos", or "mistakes to be avoided", include over/under-exposure, out-of-focus/blurred images, multiple exposures, overlapping shapes and distorted colors. More recently, he successfully applied the same principles to use when shooting digital. Special effects that are optical in nature can be created within the digital camera and do not require Photoshop in postproduction. No matter the medium, Stefan's end results are stunning and smart.

"Color is the single strongest element in human visual perception. Daily life does not have to be black and white and with a touch of color it can be striking," said Stefan. "My photos explore the color and shape of objects and places people may see or walk by every day, but don't realize the art that lies within them."

Each photo print by Stefan is produced under his supervision, unedited as an individual copy and never as a run of identical multiples. Hence, a print from the same master image is always unique and different from the others, however slightly. A single image edition, regardless of dimensions or material, is limited to six copies.

Alexander Stefan received his training at the Washington School of Photography. His first success in the U.S. was in 1991 when he was a winner in the Cannon U.S. national photo contest. In the mid and late 1990's, his skill was recognized in a number of juried exhibitions nationwide and was featured in multi-artist shows in various U.S. cities. Since 2002, he has had solo exhibits regularly in different venues throughout the Washington, DC area.

ABOUT THE OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION:
A public reception is scheduled for the opening evening of Industry Pics on Saturday, June, 21 at 7:00 p.m. Fine Art & Artists Gallery is located at 2920 M St. N.W. in Washington, DC (between 29th and 30th Street). Interested parties may RSVP by calling 202.965.0780 or sending an email to info@faagallery.com. Industry Pics will remain on exhibit through July 8. Fine Art & Artists Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fine Art & Artists opened its doors in 1990 and quickly built an international reputation as one of the preeminent Pop and Contemporary art galleries in Washington D.C. Owner Brian Benavides has spent the last few years on the reinvention of the gallery and its focus. Located in the "bright yellow building" on M Street, Fine Art & Artists features two floors of paintings, photography and sculpture by artists such as Steve Penley, Emily Christenson and Tom Slaughter, as well as works by some of the premier Pop and Contemporary artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder and Claus Oldenburg. For more information on Fine Art & Artists Gallery, please call 202.965.0780, or visit http://www.faagallery.com.

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