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Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Camera-less, a group exhibition including works by Thomas Barrow, Kate Breakey, Marco Breuer, Richard Caldicott, Caleb Charland, Doug Fogelson, Adam Fuss, Matt Gray, Lotte Jacobi, Glenn Kawabata, Jenna KuiperLeigh Anne Langwel, Klea McKenna, David Ondrik, Alison Rossiter, Thomas Ruff, Gayle Stevens, Dr. Dain Tasker, Pablo Zuleta Zahr, and others. These artists put the camera aside to explore avant-garde approaches in photographic image making. Light-sensitive paper is exposed to chemicals, wax, sparklers, X-rays, rain, flowers, digital processes, and a variety of other materials and methods. This exhibition shows a historical and contemporary sampling of techniques found in camera-less photography. Camera-less is part of PhotoSummer 2016 programming.

Historically, camera-less photography began as an experimentation and was used to record the physical world. Inspired by the X-ray machine, Dr. Dain Tasker began applying his knowledge of the this process to record flowers in the 1930s. Contemporary artist Klea McKenna makes photograms of raindrops to study rainfall patterns in different regions, and Leigh Anne Langwell uses sparklers and handmade glass objects to recreate a microscopic world.
Some of these artists employ an alchemist’s approach to image making. German photographer Marco Breuer exposes silver-gelatin paper to heat and physical abrasion by burnishing, sanding, and scraping with razor blades. Allison Rossiter creates painterly abstract photograms by dipping and pouring different chemicals on expired photo paper from the 1940s, and Caleb Charland exposes light-sensitive paper to wax and lit matches.
A shared theme in this show is the notion of drawing with light. Albuquerque-based artist Jenna Kuiper uses a painterly approach to compose abstract still-lives in the darkroom using dodging and burning techniques to build her imagery. Chilean artist Pablo Zuleta Zahr arranges prismatic compositions manipulating photographic filters of magenta, cyan, and yellow on a scanner. Dusseldorf School legend Thomas Ruff also uses digital techniques to create colorful light abstractions. Thomas Barrow and Richard Caldicott visually describe the methodology of camera-less photography by including process information in their final presentations.
Exhibition Dates: June 4 – July 29, 2016
Gallery Reception: June 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
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About Invisible Children
Lately we have been hearing on the news about the plights of the Syrian refugees and the huge refugee influx to neighboring countries. However, not many people take the time to look at each of them as a person, an individual with an identity. When I was in Beirut in 2014, I was poignantly struck by the Syrian refugee children and teens standing at every other street corner begging for money, selling red roses or miscellaneous trinkets, or carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment. They all said they were “working” and were being brought by the truckload every morning and expected to bring money back at the end of each day. People often walked or drove by them seemingly indifferent or just fed-up by what the influx of refugees has done to the country’s economy and resources.
As a mother, I was truly moved by the children and troubled by the fact that they had become almost faceless and invisible to the locals. These kids and teens seemed to blend with the graffiti on the walls in front of which they were standing. They are sadly only perceived by people and on the news as “the refugees”. The group identity seemed to define them more than their individual identity. I tried through my images to put an individual face to the invisible children, to give them their dignity and portray their individuality. - Rania Matar

About the Artist
Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon. She moved to the U.S. in 1984 to study architecture at Cornell University and later photography at New England School of Photography and Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar currently works full time on her personal photography projects and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her images are in the permanent collections worldwide including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Worcester deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA among others.