October 12, 2014 |
Ray K. Metzker, 83, widely considered one of the nation's greatest photographers, died Thursday, Oct. 9, after a long illness. A spare and somewhat laconic figure, Mr. Metzker came to Philadelphia in 1962 to teach at the Philadelphia College of Art - now part of the University of the Arts - and fell in love with the shadow-streaked streets of the old city. Known for his black-and-white images of the urban streetscape - a man walking past the Fidelity Bank building, a woman captured by a shaft of sunlight, a sailor in whites stepping into an ominous shadow - Mr. Metzker walked the city decade after decade, finding the remarkable in the ordinary and the powerful in the most fleeting.
September 30, 1999 |
Yesterday was move-in day for 500 Art Institue of Philadelphia students in the first dormitory on Philly's first South Broad Street. The 17-story Avenue of the Arts building, formerly a mothballed office building, was converted into one-,two- and photography, multimedia and video production and culinary arts.
February 7, 1996 |
Shedding some light on the art is Alan Willoughby, director of the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown. He is changing a lightbulb to illuminate photographs by Jeffrey Ladd. They're part of the center's show, "Photography 15," a juried exhibition of the work of 46 artists, running through Feb. 25.
June 17, 1994 |
Kolwa, whose sister, Tandi (right) is America's first white lion cub, tries her paw at photography at the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday. The photo shoot was to publicize the first opportunity for the public to see the cubs, tomorrow, at the zoo.
February 28, 1986 |
Mighty photographers from tiny snapshooters grow, said some famous philosopher. Ansel Adams, I think. In any case, sometimes the best place to assess the future of an endeavor is in the schools where its young practitioners reside. And photography's future appears quite rosy when viewed within the walls of several Philadelphia art schools and colleges. Also on view is the unsteady relationship of the "art" of photography to the rest of the "art" world. Nowhere is the public attitude toward a definition of art more splintered than in the realm of photography.
July 1, 2013
Bob Gilka, 96, who oversaw National Geographic photography for more than two decades and helped establish the publication as one of the world's premier sources of photojournalism, died Tuesday in Arlington County, Va., of complications from pneumonia, said his son Jeff Gilka. As director of photography from 1963 to 1985, Mr. Gilka recruited and deployed field photographers who scaled mountains, plumbed oceans, braved the exotic near and far from home, andsometimes risked their lives to send back an image that would not disappoint.
January 27, 2012 |
Michael Morrill, a prominent Pittsburgh abstract painter, is introduced at Seraphin Gallery in his first Philadelphia solo. A teacher of studio art at the University of Pittsburgh, the Yale-trained Morrill became an artist when the reductive aesthetic of the 1970s, not the more austere minimalism of the 1960s, was emerging and combining itself with painterly enrichment - something that characterizes his distinctive handling of this method. I'd say Morrill keeps half a foot in the reductive camp, while his paintings emphasize their expressive option with brilliance.
June 3, 1990 |
A champagne brunch and auction and a photography exhibition highlight the June calendar of Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown. To mark the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography, the Moorestown arts center and the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission are holding a joint exhibition on the influence of technology on photography. The show begins today at two locations and runs through June 24. Works by 11 artists will be featured, with each using more recently developed technologies - computers, videos, holograms, digital recordings and photocopiers - to create photo artworks.
December 26, 1986 |
Art has been in City Hall for more than a year. No, the mayor's real name isn't Arthur Wilson Goode. We mean Art, the commodity, the phenomenon, the visual treat. That's what's hanging in several magnificent glass cases on the second and fourth floors of our venerable seat of government. "Art in City Hall," coordinated by Katherine Stiles Cogan of the city's office of arts and culture, is the first municipal gallery in Philadelphia. Open juried shows, curated by Philadelphia cultural institutions, are held four times a year to attract work from Philadelphia-area artists.
February 1, 2011
A story Friday on the juried Photography 30 Show at Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown misspelled the name of photographer Igor Svibilsky. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .