Monday, April 12, 2010

Photography Exhibition: The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego - Seeing Beauty

Edouard Boubat, 1948The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego mounts eight to ten major exhibitions per year that represent the history of the medium, contemporary works, photojournalism, and varied photographic processes. This is, in my opinion, the outstanding museum concentrating on the photographic arts in the US.

Their current exhibition, Seeing Beauty, is a fabulous exhibit of photographs of some of the greatest of the world’s photographers.

This exhibition will run through January 23, 2011

Seeing Beauty explores the aesthetics of beauty, expressed through the eyes of various photographers throughout the history of the medium, including Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, Mary Ellen Mark, Edward Weston, Minor White, and Aaron Siskind. The exhibition presents a range of genres in photography, such as portraiture, abstraction, landscape, and still life.

The photographs in the exhibition examine the elements of art and design, composition and framing, as well as subject matter. In examining these elements in the context of aesthetic beauty, the exhibition poses the question of how our personal interpretation and notions of what constitutes beauty affect our experience of looking at art. The exhibition is meant to engage viewers to challenge, redefine, or confirm their understanding of what beauty is, and what factors contribute to their aesthetic evaluation.

If you’re in the San Diego area before this exhibition leaves, this is an exhibition which no one should miss.

As I travel, I love seeing the work of other photographers as I hope you do. If you know of a new photographic exhibition which you think the Blog should publicize, please contact me.

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