The Photographer's Photographer
Through November 16, 2013
Reception & Signing:
Thursday, September 26th
5:30 - 7:30pm
Friday, September 27th
6:30 - 8:30pm
Presented by The U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
The title, The Photographer's Photographer, for photographic master George Tice is simple, direct, and well-chosen. Tice represents a living legacy of self-trained photographers. He is visual explorers who, in his 60 years of working, mastered both technical and creative ends of the media. This retrospective exhibition is a celebration of Tice's contribution to photography as an artist, a teacher and a technical master. Tice also deserves credit for his contributions to the American rural and suburban landscape genres.
Tice's images work as social-historical documents, becoming both record and artifact. Their rooting in time is strengthened through frequent dedication to formal balance. Imagery from his series on the Amish are well-represented, and as strikingly iconic now as ever. The simple life celebrated in these images where children dodge snowballs and walk sunlit roadways. Clothes hang to dry in the carefree breeze. Windmills and water wheels are lone interruptions on the cultivated fields. These works stir us quietly.
Urban scenes are somewhat sharper and more graphic and, even in their quietness and absence of figures well reflect the pace of city life. These works are darkly Hopperesque, and light, sharp or flooding becomes flickering beacon, as in Telephone Booth, 3 A.M., Railway, NJ or Petit;s Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ. We do not trust the permanence of these places, but we are drawn to their flame. Indeed lights of the Strand Theater, Keyport, NJ seem to be fading and the sign going to rust. There can be a roughness and grit to the work as well, a gargoyle in a view from the Chrysler Building seems ominous.
Always there is a dedication to time and place- a reduction of the subject to its essence. Even in these simple frames, these daily scenes, and common occurrences we find something we hope to hold onto. There is a romantic aspect to the work, and as we try to grasp the lasting image before us, we dually acknowledge its ephemeral nature. What once was simple, now may be rare, and so in time Tice's work has continued to gain weight.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Scott Nichols Gallery
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