The work of local photographer Benno Friedman will be featured in a show at Roeliff Jansen Community Library. The show will open on Saturday, June 25th, with a 5:30-7:00 pm reception for the artist, and will run through July 29th.
Benno Friedman, widely known for his commercial celebrity portrait work, is equally recognized for his fine art photography. “As a fellow photographer it’s extremely exciting to see Benno’s work coming to the Roe Jan Library,” said Lonny Kalfus, chair of the library’s visual arts committee. ‘His ‘deconstruction — my description — and use of graphic symbols exhibit both imaginative character and a command of a personal vision yielding original and quietly powerful images.”
Friedman’s photographs are in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. He resides in Berkshire County.
Friedman says of his work, “In looking at a photograph, how many pixels can be removed or altered before the familiar becomes the unrecognizable, the concrete, abstract? Is there a point when the photograph ceases to be? Almost every published photograph has been altered, abstracted; pixels removed, rearranged, replaced. Without further consideration, we accept a fiction as fact.”
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Rt. 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101, or visit the library’s website at http://www.roejanlibrary.org.