published Thursday, January 31st, 2013

What's beyond cellphone photos at Hunter Museum

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    “Self-Portrait,” a screenprint in 203 colors by Chuck Close, is part of the collection at Hunter Museum of American Art.
    Photo by Photo from Hunter Museum of American Art


What: "Createch: The Amazing World of Cell Phone Photos"

When: 6 p.m. today, Jan. 31

Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View

Admission: Free with regular admission price of $9.95 adults, $4.95 children ages 3-17

Phone: 267-0968


What's beyond the world of selfies, those photos taken of oneself while holding the camera at arm's length?

That's what will be explored in the first of a series of programs on the intersection of technology and creativity in "Createch: The Amazing World of Cell Phone Photos," a Hunter Happens event today, Jan. 31, at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

"We're looking at something that seems so simple, the cellphone photograph, and see it in completely new ways," said curator of education Adera Causey, referencing design, technology and other fields as new ways of looking at such photos.

The series is being held in conjunction with the Chattanooga Public Library and design association AIGA.

"Technology is just technology until you find new and creative ways to use it," said Causey. "[The series] is not just a forum but a place to explore."

The program will start in the gallery as participants "look at what makes a picture good," she said.

Mark Wood, a professor of art at Chattanooga State Community College whose degrees are in photography, then will talk about cellphone art from a photographer's point of view. A panel then will explore what technology is available for cellphone photos and what technology has yet to be released.

The overall discussion, according to Causey, will focus on what a good picture is, what it can be, how it can be expressive and communicative without being exploitative, and how technology can serve it.

The idea, she said, is that people will look at their cellphone photos in completely new ways.

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about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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