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Coast To Coast

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Art Center Gallery and the Fine Arts Gallery opened two new photography exhibits this week. Both shows will run through April 14.

Photographer Kelly Anderson-Staley revives the traditional technique of tintype to capture a range of American identities in the Art Center Gallery “Americans” exhibit. The series of tintype portraits were made with chemistry mixed according to 19th century recipes using period brass lenses and wooden view cameras. The project is a broadly diverse collection of American faces. Each individual in the portraits – identified only by a first name – defiantly asserts his or her self-hood, resisting any imposed or external categorizing system we might bring to these images. At once contemporary and timeless, the portraits raise questions about our place as individuals in history and the role that photographic technologies and the history of photography have played in defining identity.

Anderson-Staley completed an MFA at Hunter College in New York, NY, and a BA in photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

The work of photographer Niko Kallianiotis will be on display in “Pikroglykimalon: Bittersweet Apple” in the Fine Arts Gallery located in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building.

Kallianiotis is a Greek street and documentary photographer who recorded images in Greek community in Astoria, a multi-ethnical neighborhood in New York.

The photographer was born in Kozani, Greece, in 1973 and grew up in Athens. In 1997 he moved to the United States. He completed his B.F.A. and he also holds a M.A. in photography and a master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts, in Photography, Video and Related Media from Marywood University in Scranton, PA,

Kallianiotis began his career as a newspaper photographer and is now an assistant professor of photography at Marywood University and a freelance photographer for “The New York Times.”