CIS Professor’s Photography on Display in Philadelphia Gallery

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WASHINGTON, Pa. (October 8, 2013)—Desert Textures, a collection of art by award-winning photographer Samuel Fee, associate professor of computing and information studies at Washington & Jefferson College, is on display through the month of October at the Holy Family University Art Gallery in Philadelphia.

Through imagery of landscapes from the American West, Fee’s work illuminates and records changes to the natural world through time. Desert Textures considers a specific landscape in New Mexico that exists in a state of constant visual transformation as a result of sunlight and wind.

“My work is designed to challenge two common misperceptions: the first is that the desert is a lifeless and bleak landscape, and the second is that a landscape is still and without narrative. On the contrary, the desert is full of life, but that life takes different—and I would argue, more dazzling—forms from what many viewers might expect. And the sudden emergence of those forms provides the action in the narrative that I believe landscape photography can tell,” Fee said.

The photographs in Desert Textures draw upon Fee’s expertise in digital media.

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is located at 9801 Frankford Avenue. Admission is free, and the gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The show will run through the month of October, with an artist reception and gallery talk scheduled for this evening from 7-9 p.m.

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