Beyond the Visible: Infrared Photography Today

Beyond the Visible: Infrared Photography Today
Exhibit: April 20 to May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: April 20 from 5:00 to 9:00pm
Curated by Laurie Klein & Peter Miller

Infrared photography is magical, mysterious, dramatic, and challenging. Images can appear dreamlike, mystical, and surreal — at once both familiar and foreign. Masters of photography including Minor White and WeeGee found expression with the expanded range of infrared spectrum. Simon Marsden used infrared to amplify his affinity with the macabre and haunted. Rock bands including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and U2 presented a new psychedelic vision with infrared images on their album covers. More recently Richard Mosse’s photography captures the beauty and tragedy in war and destruction. Infrared photography transports the viewer into the world of unseen wavelengths of energy, beyond the visible.

Providence Center for Photographic Arts presents Beyond the Visible an exhibit of works by the artists who have found creative expression within non-visible wavelengths. Artists who utilize near-infrared, infrared, IR filters, false color, ultraviolet, multispectral, and thermographic technology — in digital, film, and post-processes — are invited to participate in the exhibit. The exhibit abandons traditional color and tones to explore these unusual spectrums. By forsaking traditional photographic realism we expect the viewer to confront image content, to focus on subject matter, and explore this exotic realm as a complex of ideas.

While Beyond the Visible is an exhibit limited to non-visible spectrum images made with specific technologies and processes, the evaluation of images by the jurors will center on artistic vision. We want to introduce our audience to another means of creative expression but technique will be secondary in making selections. Beyond the Visible embraces photo-media artists, experimenters, and those who dare to stretch artistic boundaries into a truly different kind of light.