By Laura Storck
The Monochrome Visions photography exhibition of silver emulsion prints is nothing short of a visual feast. This show features handcrafted black and white prints made by the students of Fleisher Art Memorial‘s ‘Art of the Fine Print’ class taught by the venerable Rick Wright. As a former member of Rick’s darkroom, I’m always amazed at the quality and nuances of the beautiful images produced by the talented individuals in this class. Fascinating and thought-provoking are the slices of life that are captured from each photographer’s perspective, and subsequently coaxed into physical manifestation through the combined magic of light, chemicals, and paper.
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Paula Brumbelow Burns, Fire, 2014
This exhibit contains approximately 40 photographs which adorn the walls of Red Hook Coffee and Tea arranged salon style on rustic brick. Each black and white image has an amaranthine quality and evoke simple yet powerful feelings of connection with the photographer. What was he or she thinking at this exact moment of capture? What message is being conveyed? Every piece – each moment – seems to have a special meaning to each photographer as he or she spent the time to enlarge, transfer, and develop each image to perfection on photographic paper. Simply put, the photograph contains an emotional investment of time and artistry.
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Ed Keer, Philadelphia Walk #1
Developing a picture in a darkroom for the first time is a timeless experience that everyone should experience at least once in their life. The cathartic feeling that you get when you first see an image appear on a once blank sheet of paper is simply magical and spellbinding. Nothing can compare.
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Amanda Abramson, Shadfest, Lambertville
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Carlos Chan, Azulejos
Stop into Red Hook to see the Monochrome Visions exhibit between now and June 18th and experience it for yourself. Sit on a comfy chair in this charming cafe, enjoy a deliciously crafted Iced Honey Mint Latte or a tasty bowl of corn chowder, and allow the colorful panorama of Monochrome Visions to wash over your soul.
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Andrew Siegel, Capri, Italy
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Gene Renzi, Heavenly
Red Hook Coffee and Tea, 765 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA, 215-923-0178
- Amanda Abramson
- Paula Brumbelow Burn
- Carlos Chan
- Chrissie DiAngelus
- Edoarda Frangi
- Rachel Glidden
- Eddie Goldstein
- Ed Keer
- Katie Marcucci
- Scott McClellan
- Alexandra Orgera
- Gene Renzi
- Andrew Siegel
- Rick Wright
Monochrome Visions, Red Hook Coffee and Tea
Written by Laura Storck
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