Photography galleries are often filled with the usual suspects; nature photos and predictable international/cultural photography. Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado was pleasantly different.
Ryan discovered the gallery while exploring Durango last week on a day while I was attending a conference. He liked it so much he took me back so that we could experience it together.
The current exhibit at Open Shutter runs through May 9, so you don’t have much time left to see it. The show is entitled, “Iconic Images from Master Photographers.”
My reaction to this exhibit? There’s a reason they were called “masters.”
Open Shutter describes the show on their Web site with the following words:
“This collection of images and photographers span the spectrum of fine art photography, photojournalism and other historically significant genres over many decades. Both film, digital, and a combination of various techniques are represented. Photographs have the ability to impact society, educate viewers and even represent major movements as well as capturing beauty. Images such as "The Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange have affected change in the course of public opinion bringing awareness to issues otherwise not represented. Many of the over 25 photographers included are Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, Paul Caponigro, Edward Weston, Annie Leibovitz, Steve McCurry and others. This exhibit is a unique opportunity to see a collection of these legendary prints together.”
In contrast to the show at the front of the gallery, featuring masters of the craft, the Red Room at Open Shutter is featuring something entirely different. It’s a collection of Instagram art submitted by individuals from all over the country.
I once heard a quote that said, “Twitter is for wannabe writers and Instagram is for wannabe photographers.”
This is a true statement.
As someone who is addicted to Instagram, I was fascinated by the exhibit and by the juxtaposition of a show featuring masters at the front of the gallery and a show featuring amateurs at the back of the gallery.
Visit Open Shutter Gallery online at openshutteregallery.com or find them HERE on Facebook.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.