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Exhibitions in 2009

“The Best of 2008”

January 23–March 8, 2009


This show featured the finest work of all photographers and members during 2008. The three top winners were, counterclockwise from top left, First Place: Eileen Clynes, Owners Feet; Second Place: Robert J. Near, Clearing the Storm; and Third Place: and Sean Sullivan, Vermont.

student_22nd Annual College Student Show

March 27–April 19, 2009

Juried Prizes Awarded

Open to students enrolled at Sage Colleges, College of St. Rose, Union College, Hudson Valley Community College, University at Albany, Schenectady County Community College, RPI, SUNY New Paltz, Marist College, and Columbia-Greene Community College, among others.

Sponsored in part by the:


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Tuscany: Timeless Beauty

Featuring Elizabeth Opalenik and Diana Grandi
April 24–June 7, 2009


Tuscany, ancient land of the Etruscans, evokes many images: vineyards, fields of lavender, poppies everywhere, rolling hills, warm glowing sunsets, rustic villages, monasteries, churches, Renaissance art and architecture, exquisite cuisine, vintage wines, colorful marketplaces, welcoming inhabitants.

See David Brickman’s comments about this exhibit on his blog:

Diana Grandi: About the Photographs

These photographs are part of a series made in the province of Siena in the past two years. These images show another dimension of Tuscany, not only sunshine, poppies, sunflowers. Tuscany is also winter, fog, rain, and windy days. The fog, especially, is able to transform reality; our imagination flies into a mysterious and poetic kingdom.

I will donate 100 euros from each sold photograph to the relief fund for the victims of the recent devastating earthquakes in the Abruzzo region of Italy. All images are printed with archival pigment inks on artist papers and are available for purchase.

About Diana Grandi

Tuscany-based photographer Diana Grandi has been program coordinator for the National Geographic Expeditions in Italy and France for the past five years. In the past decade she has worked closely with some of the internationally best known photographers organizing workshops, managing shooting locations and teaching.

Grandi received her photographic training in Great Britain and has exhibited her work in London, Milan, and the United States. She is curator of exhibitions in Italy and has written profiles on photographers for Zoom Magazine International.

For more information about the artist, please see

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The Unknowns: Images from a Bygone Era

Work by Various Unknown Photographers

June 12–July 26

This is an extensive collection of vintage images from the 1800s, including people in a variety of settings from professional portraits to amateur captures of family outings. All are unique, poignant, foreign yet familiar and all are Unknown.

“During this time, photography was born and growing rapidly. Like our digital age of today, new processes and vast improvements on technique and equipment were being discovered every few years. Through this exhibition we observe the transformation of photography and the ways in which people were using the camera. The Photography Center is paying homage to our current processes of photography through these examples of its beginnings.”

— Katherine Wright, Curator

The majority of images that will be on display are from Executive Director Nicholas Argyros’ personal collection. With his life-long love and fascination of photography, Nick’s obsession with the photographic image and processes has lead to an extensive collection of early images including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes d’ visite, and glass plates.


Clockwise from top left: boy in formal pose: ambrotype in gilded case made by Schoonmakers of 282 River Street in Troy, probably 1850s; formal portrait with curled hair, possibly a cross-dressed man, daguerreotype in gilded case, probably 1840s; unusual daguerreotype of somber woman in bonnet profile (usually portraits of the period were full face frontal) by John Adams Whipple in his Boston studio probably 1840s; three people perhaps on a picnic, one woman holding a straw hat, possibly the photographer’s, from a glass plate negative found in a Pennsylvania attic, late 1800s; one horse open sleigh, from a glass plate negative found in a Pennsylvania attic, rare outdoor winter photograph, especially where a horse is sharply depicted, probably from late 1800s. [Glass plate negatives courtesy of C. Lindenmuth.]

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3rd Annual Members Show

July 31–September 7 (Labor Day)

Members Show Book SOLD OUT!

The PhotoCenter has published a book containing the work submitted for the third annual Members Show. Cost is $45, which includes shipping and taxes. We have a desk copy for your perusal. Come see the exhibit and the 112- page book which includes an additional 100 images that we had no space to exhibit.


The Hudson 400

Celebrating The Quadricentennial

400_logoSeptember 18–November 1

The PhotoCenter added to the celebration of the quadricentennial with a photo exhibition of images of the river, its environs, its moods, or related events or places.

Curated by Katherine Wright.


Somewhere in Time

Portraits in the Victorian Style by Lady Ostapeck

November 6, 2009–January 3, 2010

The exhibition will show more than 40 of Lady’s masterpieces included a replica of her 4 x 9 foot studio space.

Lady Ostapeck was born of Finnish decent in Brooklyn, NY in 1918. Most of her early childhood was spent at the Metropolitan Museum of art, where her fascination with the merging of art and history was kindled. Lady bean her relationship with photography almost 70 years ago when she entered the photographic world as a negative retoucher for some of the best studios in New York City.

In 1960 she was tired of busy city life and relocated to a quaint haunted farmhouse in Fly Creek NY. While shopping at a Salvation Army thrift store, she came across a 4 x 5 view camera. With this 80-year-old camera with a broken shutter, she used her extensive collection of vintage clothing and props, her retouching experience, her interests in history, fashion and art, and her artist sensibilities, —gut as she calls it — and blossomed into creating her stylized and illustrative portraits.

Lady’s process was simple. “I am happy to have broken rules and ignored guidelines.” Lady would meet with her subject and through lengthy conversation pull out their past lives and create a personal narrative that she would then accent through pose, props, costume and lighting.

Visit Lady Ostapeck's Web site —

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