Stark Galleries Introduces the Creative Photograph In Archaeology

August 13, 2009

COLLEGE STATION- The J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University is proud to introduce The Creative Photograph in Archaeology: from the Traveling Photographers of the 19th Century to the Creative Photography of the 20th Century, scheduled to open Thursday, August 27 and run through Wednesday, October 7. This unprecedented exhibition is curated by Socratis Mavrommatis, chief photographer of the Acropolis Restoration Service, and organized by the Benaki Museum in Athens, in collaboration with Fairfield University. The collection includes 76 stunningly dramatic black and white framed prints featuring Greek antiquities that have been produced from high resolution scans of the original negatives.

The exhibition is divided into five units that span 150 years and visually portray the delicate balance between documentation and creative vision in photographs with antiquities as the subject - from the first photographic attempts of the early travelers in the 19th century through the sophisticated work of the late 20th to early 21st century. A select group of famous photographers is represented and includes William Stillman, Frederic Boissonnas, Walter Hege, Herbert List, and Goesta Hellner.

In discussing the curatorial decision to use photographs of exclusively Greek antiquities, Mr. Mavrommatis noted, "Each place has its own fascination, each site is different and these differences clearly affected each photographer's aesthetic and emotional approach," he said. "Greece is the only place where all the photographers represented in the exhibition worked and, clearly, location and culture are shared by all. We can see vividly how each photographer's individual artistic approach differs from one another."

The opening of the exhibition will be celebrated with a food and beverage reception in the Wright Gallery on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 pm, providing an ideal opportunity to view the pieces, interact with the artists, and enjoy live music provided by the Langford Hotel Blues Band. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, and no reservations are required.

The J. Wayne Stark Galleries are located at the northeast corner of the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus. Gallery hours are Tues. - Fri. 9am - 8pm; Sat. & Sun. 12 - 6pm. Admission is free. For more information about this exhibition and others at the Stark Galleries, please call (979) 845-6081 or visit our web site at stark.tamu.edu.


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