Filmmakers Galleries Announce Thesis Photo Show

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2011

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Filmmakers Galleries Announce Thesis Photo Show

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Filmmakers Galleries will present an early winter photography exhibit featuring thesis work by three students in the BFA photography program, and one from Pittsburgh Filmmakers' certificate program. The show is on view from December 16 through January 19, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 16 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. It is free and open to the public.

Associate Professor Sue Abramson, head of the photography program at Pittsburgh Filmmakers explains that the work in this year's show is all based directly or indirectly on the personal experiences, passions and fears of the emerging artists. “It's fascinating how each of these women respond to their world in such different ways, from straight documentary photography to abstraction,” Abramson says.

The 2011 thesis show features:

Kelly Bogel uses a 4x5 view camera and shoots on both black & white and color film. All of her prints are developed in the darkroom. Her work, which she calls “Pittsburgh By Night” was inspired by Robert Frank’s photo book, The Americans. It is her search for the legacy of the steel city’s history that's manifested in the architecture of the past.

Brittany Harrington shoots on film with a variety of film cameras but mostly with a medium format. She scans her negatives and prints digitally. She says, “Every photograph has a story and a significant meaning. The personal body of work attempts to convey a deeper meaning in snapshots or family albums.”

Sarah Shank shoots on film, then scans and prints digitally. Through experimentation with lenses she began to look at patterns in a new way. Her images explore and find beauty in the concept of infinity.

Katie E. Remele calls her thesis work, “Our Feathered Friends” and it reflects her fascination with birds. “I wanted to capture the beauty, mystery, and personalities of birds   in their everyday lives,” she says.  She shoots with a digital camera and prints digitally.

Located at 477 Melwood Avenue, gallery hours are Monday –Thursday, 12:00 – 7:00pm; Friday, 12:00 – 6:00pm; and on weekends when films are shown.  NOTE: The gallery is closed Dec. 19; and Dec. 23 through Jan. 2.