Transformational Imagemaking @ CEPA GALLERY September 19-November 23, 2014



Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960

On view: September 19 –November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday September 19, 2014 from 7-10pm
A companion exhibition to Robert Hirsch’s recently published book of the same title (Focal Press). This extraordinary exhibition features work by some of the most innovative photographers and imagemakers of the mid- 20th century through today; artists who redefined the notion of photography as a medium and left an indelible mark on contemporary photographic practices. This extensive survey will include more than 140 works by over 40 artists spanning nearly 50 years of artistic practice
unified by a curatorial arc rooted in notions that deviate from the purview of traditional photographic practice. Citing Robert Heinecken’s practice as the genesis of conceptual handmade photography, this exhibition charts an intricate universe of artists whose practice dispenses with the self-prescribed limitations of conventional photography in order
to mine the boundless potential of the photographic medium as a conceptual conveyance.
Transformational Imagemaking is the culmination of Hirsch’s lifelong exploration into handmade photography and the artists whose practices were formed on the principle of unearthing new possibilities.

Hirsch sites the catalyst for the project as an article he published in exposure in 2003 entitled “Flexible Images: Handmade American Photography, 1969 – 2002”. It has since expanded into a comprehensive publication that includes personal  conversations with each artist conducted over a six-month period during 2013. CEPA will now elaborate further by mounting an exhibition that features a selection of each artist’s work.

An opening reception will take on Saturday, September 19th from 7-10pm at CEPA Gallery at the Market Arcade located at 617 Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.617 MAIN STREET #201, BUFFALO, NY 14203 (TEL) 716.856.2717