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Thursday, July 25, 2013


MOPA Balboa Park: "Siege of Aleppo," by Javier Manzano as part of Pictures of the Year installation

TRILOGY OF PHOTO EXHIBITIONS--A trio classy San Diego venues offering exhibitions of important photographic arts are close enough to each other to be visited in one day.  All are currently showing installations that represent an aspect of each institution’s heart and soul as well as its eye to international diversity and edgy realism.

"Portrait" by Jess T. Dugan @ jdc Fine Art,
Little Italy
At director Jennifer DeCarlo’s  jdc Fine Art, a gallery of contemporary photography (2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy), the work of Jess. T. Dugan runs through August 31, 2013.  Titled “Every Breath We Drew,” Dugan investigates the constructs of identity and sexuality.  It is a highly personal collection of portraits of individuals and couples that explore the powerful relationship between identity and desire.

Jess T. Dugan earned a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago.

DeCarlo’s next exhibition will feature the work of Luis Gonzalez Palma “Anonimo, Heroes & Performers,” September 7 thru November 30, 2013.  DeCarlo calls his work “profound, elegant and torn, it is like a wound that never heals.”

Museum of Photographic Arts [MOPA, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park] is celebrating 30 years as a museum in Balboa Park with two ongoing exhibitions “Pictures of the Year International” through September 22, 2013.  The exhibition of photojournalism celebrates the power of images and the people who create them.

Backed in part by the Los Angeles Times, “Pictures of the Year International” is the oldest photojournalism program in the world. POYi’s annual contest recognizes their enduring images and sets the gold standard for excellence. More than 48,000 images are submitted with 240 winners selected by a world-renowned panel of expert judges as the very best.

“30X: Three Decades” runs through October 13, 2013 and highlights one acquisition from each of MOPA’s 30 years, including works by Alexander Rodchenko, Loretta Lux, Thomas Struth, Lee Friendlander, Robert Adams and Marian Drew.

Salvador Dali, 1951 by Arnold Newman
at San Diego Museum of Art
“Arnold Newman: Masterclass,” a posthumous retrospective of American photographer Arnold Newman’s career debuts June 29 at The San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado, Balboa Park].  The exhibition includes Newman’s (1918-2006) most famous portraits, in addition to early street photography, architectural studies and still lifes.  The 200 vintage black and white photographs are presented as sheets with zoom and crop marks, which have never been shown publicly.  Show ends September 8, 2013.

This article first appeared in Tom Shess blog at  reprinted with permission.

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