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Student Photographers Show Work at PRC

Exhibition runs through March 16


From 1970s prom portraits to explosive action shots, the images in the Photographic Resource Center’s 2008 Student Exhibition are as diverse as the students who took them. The opening reception for the exhibition, which features the work of student photographers from 18 Boston-area institutions and runs through March 16, is Thursday, February 7, at 5:30 p.m.

BU Today interviewed four students whose work is on display. Scroll down to read comments by Leslie Brown, PRC curator, and hear the students talk about their images. To view a slide show with more images from the exhibition, click here.

Alan ArsenaultAlan Arsenault

New England Institute of Art
Exploding the Forbidden

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“Alan is combining techniques used in a commercial studio, such as lighting and props, to comment upon an important photographer in photo history who blends art and science. Harold “Doc” Edgerton went to MIT and taught engineering there for decades and was a pioneer in high-speed flash photography.”

Julie BradyJulie Brady

BU College of Fine Arts
Natasha Brady (10 Months Old)

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“I thought that this was a cat on a scanner at first, but it’s astraight-up digital shot and a great example of how photography cancapture instantaneous moments.”

Sarah Elizabeth ConnorSarah Elizabeth Connor

Simmons College

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“Sarah is using the 19th-century historical process Vandyke brown. She took a photo of the subject using a pinhole camera and Polaroid Type 55 film. This yields a four-by-five-inch negative, which is then printed on heavy paper coated with a special starch and exposed to light. It is contact-printed, meaning the negative is in direct contact with the paper and thus the print is the same size as the negative. After this, she bathed it in several chemical solutions and water. The process is named because the brown color is similar to that used by the Flemish painter Van Dyck.”

Lauren DavieauLauren Davieau

Fitchburg State College

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“This is an example of a creative portrait done for a class. It was taken in a commercial studio setup, and then the student applied Photoshop techniques to blur out the background. It’s an example of a traditional portrait, but with a modern twist in aesthetic effect and dress.”

The Photographic Resource Center’s 2008 PRC Student Exhibition runsfrom February 8 through March 16. The opening reception is on Thursday,February 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The PRC, 832 Commonwealth Ave., isopen Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 10a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and closed Monday. For moreinformation, visit the PRC online or call 617-975-0600. Admission for the student exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.


4 Comments on Student Photographers Show Work at PRC

  • Anonymous on 02.13.2008 at 4:41 pm

    Photographers commentary

    I just had a chance to go back to the gallery to take a good look at the show. Here are a few additional students
    I’d love to hear comments from:

    Dustin Emerson Straube
    Margret Hall
    Carolyn Marks
    Steve Sangalang
    Hannah Bemelmans
    Elizabeth Tescher

    Thanks in advance, Bill

  • student on 03.01.2008 at 7:57 am

    Nice photo

    Keep up the good work :D

  • Alan on 08.23.2008 at 6:09 pm


    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

  • Anonymous on 06.05.2010 at 2:11 pm

    I am looking for a student photographer to shoot some photos of family reunion in Plymouth are in July. I f you know of anyone please let me know.

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