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Lecture: Thomas Mezzanotte

“A Passion for Process:

One Artist’s Journey Through Photographic History”


Exhibiting Artist Thomas Mezzanotte discusses how the
History of the Camera and Photography informs Process

Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30 pm – Reception
7:00 pm – Lecture

The Carriage Barn Arts Center, Editor’s Pick of Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast,is hosting an artist’s lecture on the evening of Thursday, January 29th in entitled “A Passion for Process: One Artist’s Journey through Photographic History.” The talk will be given by exhibiting artist Thomas Mezzanotte. A $10 fee for members; $15 for non-members includes a reception at 6:30pm, followed by the lecture/discussion at 7pm.

In this lecture, the artist will discuss the history of the camera and optics dating back to the 11th century and the history of photographic processes dating from the late 19th century. Mezzanotte will describe how his work has been informed by his study of that history:  “I build my own cameras. Whether it’s a two inch pinhole camera or a room sized camera obscura, it allows me the freedom to examine aesthetic possibilities that were always available to photographers, but due to cultural constraints were never considered desirable.”

Alongside works from Mezzanotte and 75 other contemporary photographers, The 35th Annual Photography Show: History and Process includes a display of vintage cameras as well as early photographs, such a daguerreotypes and tintypes. The show was juried by Robert Gurbo, Curator of the Andre and Elizabeth Kertesz Foundation in New York.

 Registration required. To register please click here

RSVP by January 28

$10 members; $15 non-members

With thanks to the New Canaan Community Foundation for sponsoring this event.

More information about Thomas Mezzanotte is at http://www.thomasmezzanotte.com/index.html.

About Thomas Mezzanotte

 Thomas Mezzanotte has been exploring the potentials of the photographic medium for over 35 years. Educated at the University of Bridgeport. Mezzanotte became the director of the University’s Carlson Gallery in the 1980’s. As a Connecticut Commission of the Arts Master Teaching Artist, he conducts workshops at schools across Connecticut and at universities across the country. His work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums around the United States including NY University, the Santa Fe College of Art, The Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon, George Eastman House, the John Stevenson Gallery in Chelsea, NY and at the William Benton Museum in Storrs, CT. Mezzanotte has received numerous grants and awards including three individual artist grants from the state of CT and a Director’ Choice Award from the Edward S. Moore Foundation.