Verve Gallery of Photography is Pleased to Present a Two-Person Exhibition by Karin Rosenthal and Ryuijie

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Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by Karin Rosenthal and Ryuijie. Photographs from Tony O'Brien's new publication, Afghan Dreams, will be on view in the Verve Collection Exhibition Room. All exhibitions are on view Friday, November 14, 2008 through Saturday January 10, 2009 at Verve Gallery of Photography. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 14, from 5-7pm.

Verve Gallery of Photography Presents:

KARIN ROSENTHAL & RYUIJIE
Opening Reception: Friday, November 14, 2008, 5-7pm
Exhibit is on view through Saturday, January 10, 2009

TONY O'BRIEN : Afghan Dreams
Opening Reception: Friday, November 14, 2008, 5-7pm
Exhibit is on view through Saturday, January 10, 2009
Lecture: Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 6-7:30pm, Tipton Hall, CSF, Free
Book signing: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 2-4pm, Verve Gallery

Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by Karin Rosenthal and Ryuijie. Photographs from Tony O'Brien's new publication, Afghan Dreams, will be on view in the Verve Collection Exhibition Room. All exhibitions are on view Friday, November 14, 2008 through Saturday January 10, 2009 at Verve Gallery of Photography. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 14, from 5-7pm. Tony O'Brien will deliver a lecture at Tipton Hall, College of Santa Fe, Wednesday, November 12, 2008, from 6:00-7:30pm, (sponsored by Verve Gallery in conjunction with the Photography Department/Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe). Tony O'Brien will hold a book signing for Afghan Dreams at Verve Gallery on Saturday, November 15 from 2-4pm.

KARIN ROSENTHAL

Karin Rosenthal will be exhibiting black and white gelatin silver prints that encompass over 20 years of work in the abstract body-as-landscape motif she is well known for developing. This work carved a unique niche for itself in the realm of photographing the nude, as sometimes it is difficult to discern what you are looking at- a nude or a landscape. According to the Yale University Art Gallery, currently featuring one of Rosenthal's nudes in First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography, "dramatic shadows and the reflection of sunlight on water seem to form a picturesque desert landscape. A closer investigation of the photograph reveals the dunes to be a human body, upending the initial illusion of the picture."

"Karin Rosenthal's photographs present inviting images of confident, balanced nude forms in and of water. The subtleties of the flesh and their reflections on the water beckon the observer to enjoy the cool water as the sensual elements of the body play against it. Rosenthal's work is unique in that she combines the best of many art forms; the nude, landscape, abstraction, sculpture, and photography. Her lush printing provides a forum for the presentation of the sculptural nude, melded into a background of natural landscape. The camera angles and close-up shots emphasize a reduction of the complex forms, which relax into an atmosphere of simple abstraction, allowing the sensuality of light and water-play on the body to invite one in…" -Ronald L. Crusan, Director of Danforth Museum of Art

Rosenthal, a 1967 graduate of Wellesley College, studied photography at RIT and the Boston Museum School and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and lives in Watertown, MA. She has been devoted to photographing the nude in the landscape since 1975 and has taught at the Art Institute of Boston and conducted workshops in figure and landscape for the Cape Cod Photo Workshops. Rosenthal's photographs are in several permanent collections including the Boston MFA, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Public Library, International Center of Photography, Polaroid, and the Yale, Fogg, Rose, and Santa Barbara Art Museums.

Rosenthal has received several grants, most recently, the 2006 Ultimate Eye Foundation grant for figurative photography. Portfolios of her work have been featured in such magazines as the Swiss Nikon News, Fotomagazin, and Print Magazine. Her nudes are represented in several books including Eros, Male Nudes by Women, The Hidden Image and the ICP Encyclopedia of Photography. A book entitled Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs was published in conjunction with a retrospective of her black and white nudes at the Danforth Museum in 2000.

RYUIJIE

Ryuijie (pronounced Ree-u-gee) will be exhibiting new work from his "Kanchi" series, in collaboration with his assistant, Camille Derendinger. This series depicts moments of life beneath the ocean surface off the central coast of California. Ryuijie and Derendinger captured these images on grainy film while free diving on a single breath of air. The prints were then created using the platinum palladium process.

"'Kanchi', which translates from Japanese as 'quiet place' seemed a fitting title for this body of work. When diving on a breath-hold, unencumbered by scuba gear, the body moves freely in a weightless, silent, meditative state… In many respects this work could be called unconventional for underwater photography, and we are sometimes hard pressed to identify the creatures suspended in each frame of film. What we find intriguing are the shapes, the forms of life, and the quality of light that exist only underwater."

Ryuijie will also exhibit precisely and beautifully printed platinum palladium photographs from his "Seascapes" and "Botanicals" series.

Born in Otaru Japan in 1950, Ryuijie moved with his family to the US as a young child. Over the years, Ryuijie has lived in many places. It was in Monterey that an exhibit of Jerry Uelsmann's Photographs inspired him and propelled him into the practice of fine art black and white photography. Ryuijie has pursued his photographic vision for twenty-eight years, and during that time has acquired a reputation for exquisite platinum-palladium prints. His work has appeared in View Camera, Photovision, Camera and Darkroom, Black & White and Lenswork. He has published three books, Ryuijie: Photographs, Time and Place, and Fragments of Time. Works by Ryuijie can be found in collections worldwide.

Camille Derendinger was born in 1981 in Oakland, California. She made her move to the peninsula to attend California State University at Monterey Bay in 1999 and graduated in 1994 studying both alternative processing and film production. In 2005 she became Ryuijie's assistant doing a printing project for Jock Sturges. In the months to come they would discover a mutual love of the oceans and the underwater world and with Ryuijie's help and 60 logged freedives "Kanchi" would be born.

TONY O'BRIEN

Tony O'Brien will have his second show at Verve Gallery launching the publication of his first book, Afghan Dreams, showing selections from the book in the Verve Collection exhibition room.

"Award-winning photojournalist Tony O'Brien and his brother-in-law, filmmaker Mike Sullivan traveled to Afghanistan to interview and photograph 30 children from varied ethnic backgrounds, and with very different daily lives. As each one tells his or her story the reader is placed right in the middle of everyday life as it is lived by children in the midst of one of the world's most enduringly conflict-ridden countries. From street workers to female students in newly formed academies, children who work in family businesses, and pickpockets who steal from visiting photographers, these are the faces of young Afghanis who universally wish for peace in their neighborhoods, in their country, in their lifetimes."     -Publisher, Bloomsberry Press

Tony O'Brien was born in New York City. He has made his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past 30 years. He began his photography career in 1973 working at The Santa Fe New Mexican, the Santa Fe Reporter, and the Albuquerque Journal. His work has appeared in Life Magazine, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, German Geo, and Ford Foundation magazines Corrections and Police. Tony's photography has been exhibited at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Massachusetts; the Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida; the Adham Center of Photography, Cairo, Egypt; The Newseum in New York and the Sag Harbor Picture Gallery. In 1990 Tony was awarded the first Eliot Porter Foundation Grant (for his work in Afghanistan). O'Brien is on the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Center of Photography. He is Director of the Documentary Studies Program at the College of Santa Fe. Tony teaches documentary photography at the Marion Center of Fine Arts at the College of Santa Fe, and conducts photography workshops in Santa Fe and abroad.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KARIN ROSENTHAL
Email: kr@krosenthal.com
Phone: 617.923.2307

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RYUIJIE
Email: ryuijie@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 831.277.0045

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TONY O'BRIEN
Email: tobrien@csf.edu
Phone: 505.690.7659

Verve Gallery of Photography
219 East Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
P. 505-982-5009
F. 505-982-9111
http://www.santafephotogallery.com

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