Black and White, Silver Gelatin
Prints of Miami Architecture
June 30 - August 11, 2012
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Saturday, June 30, 2012
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
(Your $10. Donation at the door benefits FOOD OUTREACH)
If it were possible for buildings to pose for the camera, Keith Mosier's photographs would be centerfolds! The images on view at PHD Gallery are the result of several trips Mosier and his partner took to Miami's South Beach between 1998 and 2012. In them he captures the glamorous Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings of the city's Art Deco District. Even when these gorgeous wedding-cake concoctions are shabby and neglected, they're sleek, modern, and undeniably sexy in Mosier's black and white, silver gelatin photographs. More than 20 prints are on view from June 30 through August 11, 2012 with and opening reception for the artist on Saturday, June 30, from 7-10PM. "Miami Centerfold" is Keith Mosier's first solo exhibition.
An Instamatic 126 camera and an eye for architecture sparked Keith Mosier's lifelong romance with photography. That interest became a passion during his college years, when he studied photography intensively, eventually graduating from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. His mathematical fascination with a building's intersecting rooflines and walls, and the compositions formed by sky, wall, and shadow are a perfect match for the camera. Even his non-architectural photographs are structurally inspired, as the artist tends to see the basic framework of things and their underlying geometries.
Influenced by the formality and elegance of composition seen in the works of Helmut Newton, Eugene Atget, and Ansel Adams, Mosier strives for the same purity, strength, and clarity of vision in his work:
"Their photographs are highly structured and arranged, like a perfectly ordered sitting room or the place settings on a banquet table. I believe that what I see in my camera's viewfinder should be the photo I want to take. I shoot on film, and don't digitally manipulate my images or tinker with them at the lab. I use few special lenses or effects filters. My camera is a completely manual 35mm Ricoh. It's an old friend."
~ Keith Mosier
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