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Owning Inspiration

Benefit auction preview opens at the Photographic Resource Center

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In the slide show above, Jason Landry reflects on the annual live auction at the Photographic Resource Center.

As an undergrad at Massachusetts College of Art, Jason Landry was fascinated by the surrealism of photographer Jerry Uelsmann.

“He takes multiple negatives in the darkroom and uses multiple enlargers to create one surrealist image,” says Landry, project manager at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. “I told myself, if I ever have enough money to collect, I want to make sure I own one of his.”

Landry got his chance in 2005 at the PRC’s annual benefit auction.

“It doesn’t really fit in with what I collect now, but it grounds where I wanted to be at that time in my life,” he says. “It reminds me why I got into photography.”

A chance to own a piece of constant inspiration is one part of what Landry hopes people find at the annual benefit auction October 24 — another is seeing photographs representing more than 100 years of the art. The live auction preview exhibition starts today, September 18, at the PRC, and the silent auction preview is on display starting October 9 at the 808 Gallery.

The auction is the primary fundraising event for the PRC, which was established in 1976 to provide a clearinghouse for photographers and a way to educate the public about photography. It offers exhibitions, education programs, and special events.

The free live and silent auction preview exhibitions will run until October 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. The auction is being held at the 808 Gallery on Saturday, October 24, at 7 p.m.; tickets are $50 and include an auction catalogue and paddle, a light buffet, and parking with advance reservations. The PRC is at 832 Commonwealth Ave., and the 808 Gallery is at 808 Commonwealth Ave. More information is available here or contact the PRC at 617-975-0600.

Kimberly Cornuelle can be reached at kcornuel@bu.edu.

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