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Stanley Smith
Art and Artifice: Constructing Photographs
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 6:30-8:00pm

Stanley Smith has exhibited his work widely in galleries and museums all over the United States, most recently in the 2008 exhibition Smoke and Mirrors at the Seattle Art Museum and in 2009 at the University Art Gallery at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.  He currently is Head of Collection Information and Access at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to the Getty Mr. Smith managed the digital photo studio for Seattle’s Experience Music Project where he was instrumental managing the digitization of EMP’s extensive collection.

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These days, Photoshop has become a verb and every photograph can be suspected of stretching the truth.  In his lecture, Smith will discuss this notion within the context of traditional photography but also in the context of his own transformation from taking photographs to making photographs.  Smith’s digital “constructions” bear little resemblance to reality, but still embrace a photograph’s unique ability to record it.  His reluctance to focus on a “decisive moment” is accommodated by a working method that is more aligned with less immediate forms of art such as painting or sculpture.

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