Thursday, June 4, 2009

Toy camera Fotos at Opal tonight!

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Forgive the short notice: If you love photography — or French culture — you should definitely check out Opal Gallery's new exhibition, Foto Povera 5: Atlanta. Thankfully, Opal's centrally located L5P storefront should make it easy for you to drop by. The reception is tonight, June 4, from 6-9 p.m.!

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This informal collective of French and Atlanta-based artists brings together talented photographers who take an alternative approach to their medium by using a variety of of non-traditional and "toy cameras" such as sténopé, Holga, Diana, and Brownie box. The images on display represent a unique translation of photography with cameras that are often referred to as "primitive" in the modern world of digital technology. By embracing the constraints of these non-traditional cameras, they aim to capture a precariousness and spontaneity that they believe to be much greater than the resulting image.

Need more reasons to go? I personally expect the opening to be at least partially bilingual. Opal owner Constance Lewis (featured in our recent Happy Issue) has several old connections to France. And although the show's curator credit goes to Yannick Vigouroux, some of Lewis' own photography will appear alongside works by other members of the Foto Povera collective. Even if you aren't a raving Francophile, the reception still promises a unique experience.

(Photo by Bruno Debon)

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