exhibition slideshow

David R. Hanlon

"Photogenic Drawings"

On View
January 10 - February 21, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009
1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

In his photographic series Origins, David R. Hanlon explores the nature of evolution and development. Through studies of artifactual and aquatic material, the artist creates images of ambiguous organic shapes and forms. Printed from paper negatives, the sepia toned silver gelatin prints in this series are limited to editions of two. Fifteen of Hanlon's "Photogenic Drawings" will be on view from January 10 through February 21, 2009 in phd gallery's newly added portfolio gallery. The interaction of the photographic medium with scientific analysis has been integral since the inception of the process. Not only were many of the very first images representations of natural forms but one of the medium's pioneers, William Henry Fox Talbot, initiated detailed studies of plant sections and insect wings in the 1830s with his newly-introduced paper negative procedure coined the "photogenic drawing." This type of analytical recording has continued throughout photography's history, but so has the exploration of the material to suggest ideas and feelings (rather than to inform directly). It is the fusion of these two realities within photography that Hanlon is interested in visiting.

David R. Hanlon is a Missouri native and has been a practicing photographer for 25 years. He is a photographic historian, researcher and writer about early photography and his photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the University of Kentucky Museum of Art, and numerous private collections. Hanlon is presently the Chair of the Art Department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and has taught at the college since 1990.

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