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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 13, 2004

(Mahwah) – Photography Reborn, a group exhibition exploring new avenues in digital photography, will open in the Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College of New Jersey on November 10 and continue through December 17. An opening reception and curator’s talk is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10. There will be a panel discussion with several of the artists on November 17 at 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit is curated by Jonathan Lipkin, an associate professor of digital media at Ramapo College. It is presented in conjunction with Lipkin’s book of the same name. Digital photography has replaced traditional photography as the most prevalent form of visual communication,” notes Lipkin. It has been adopted by journalists, artists and snapshot photographers alike.” In his curator’s talk, he will discuss some of the ways in which artists have responded to this technological change.

Lipkin identifies several sub-themes of the exhibit: the blurring of boundaries between human and other forms of life, the technological sublime (being enamored with technology) and the ways in which photography is created, shot and synthesized. The professor says digital photography is both a direct evolution and a distinct break from traditional photography. It shares many of the same characteristics, but borrows from other media, especially collage and painting. Most notable is the ability to ‘work’ the contents of a digital photograph once it has been captured. Photography’s claim to fame, the one-to-one or indexical relation between the image and the subject matter, has been severed.”

Lipkin wrote Photography Reborn because he concluded there is currently no book that showcases the work of digital photographers working today. It will be published by Harry N. Abrams in the spring of 2005.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Kresge Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 201.684.7147.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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