“Dissent” Photography Exhibit Explores Diversity of Visualizations

October 31, 2012 by University of La Verne

What: University of La Verne alumni have collaborated with current students to develop a first of its kind exhibit uniting photography and the written word on a quest to conceptualize a common theme.

Photo by Rhiannon Mim '09, companion written piece by Armando Tapia. Visit Irene Carlson Gallery to view and read in person.

Twenty-two alumni photographers were asked to create images based on their interpretations of the word “dissent.” Students from Professor of Writing Sean Bernard’s WRT 307 (Writing the 21st Century) class were subsequently asked to write creative pieces using one of the photographs as a tool to express their unique interpretations.

“Dissent” is the newest exhibition currently on display in La Verne’s Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography and will run through Dec. 7. A gallery reception sponsored by Alpha Chi National Honor Society will take place Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The photographer was only told to come up with a picture with the concept of dissent,” Professor of Photography, Gary Colby, said. “It is up to the photographer, writer and viewer to form their own opinions on not only what the photograph means, but the word itself.”

The reception will be an opportunity for the writer and photographer to meet and discuss the intent behind the photograph and to see how close the writer was at expressing that intent.

“Captioning is a big part of the photographic process because it expands the viewer experience and this exhibit really gives more emphasis to that part,” Colby said.

When: Thursday, November 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. (gallery reception). Exhibit will remain open until Dec. 7.

Where: University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, Calif. Irene Carlson Gallery Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Daily  

Contacts: Gary Colby, Professor of Photography, University of La Verne, (909) 593-3511 ext. 4281,gcolby@laverne.edu.

Alisha Rosas, Interim Director of Public Relations, University of La Verne, (909) 593-3511, ext. 4708,arosas@laverne.edu.


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