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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: Nov. 17, 2006


The J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood has undertaken a unique project in which students from four Los Angeles area community colleges – including SMC – are studying with prominent American photographers whose work is featured in a new exhibit at The Getty.

Officially launched Nov. 10, the project has brought the photography students into The Getty to view and discuss the new exhibit, “Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection”; taken the students on a photo expedition to each school’s geographic area, in SMC’s case, Venice; and arranged to have the students participate in a panel discussion. The 10 SMC students have been working with Alex Harris, one of the photographers whose work is in the Berman Collection show.

The students will revisit their areas for two weeks of intense photographic exploration, and their work will be juried by members of the museum’s curatorial and educational staff, as well as representatives of the Getty Photographs Council. A 40-piece show, underwritten by the council, will begin touring the four colleges next February, beginning with Los Angeles Valley College (the other two campuses are East Los Angeles College and College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita). The exhibit is scheduled to reach SMC in September 2007.

“This Getty project is giving our students a rare opportunity to work closely with Alex Harris, a distinguished photographic artist, and to have him critique their work and offer insight and guidance,” said SMC photography professor Bob Ware.

“Above all, the photography they are doing for the project has forced them to look inward and find what it is in their environment that excites them and why,” Ware said. “I think each of them has already been changed by the experience well beyond their expectations.”

The SMC students are Erika Alghafari, Patricia Alpizar, Fabiola Arias, Eleanore Atkins, Nelson Castro, Jessica Domino, Shannon Donnelly, Kyösti Kauppinen, Sarah St. Clair Renard, and Moira Stinocher.

The Berman Collection exhibit opened last month at The Getty and will be displayed through Feb. 25. A wide-ranging survey of life in the U.S. since the 1960s, the exhibit showcases the richness of American color photography in nearly 170 works by 24 prominent contemporary artists. Some of the works are being showcased for the first time.

The presentation marked the opening of the Getty Museum’s new and expanded suite of galleries devoted to photographs. The Getty has long been known as a major center for photography in the nation.


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