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Expanding the Imagination

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Kane Hall, Room 110, UW Campus

Recognized as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging, Ryszard Horowitz will talk about problems photographers face when working in the digital environment. In his own analog photography, he has explored various kinds of in-camera and darkroom techniques that helped him to understand the complexity and wonders of computer technology. In order to transcend the commonly accepted use of digital technology to borrow, crop, retouch and assemble, he likes to seek and discover some of the unique qualities computer imaging has to offer. He searches for the impossible and improbable, stretching the new media to its limits. Matter becomes liquid, perspectives are inverted, gravity is canceled, scale means nothing… but he has never allowed technology to control and conquer his imagination. Since Horowitz considers himself to be foremost a photographer or photo-composer, all of his images even when enhanced retain their photographic texture rather than synthetic looks.