[Image City Photography, 722 University Avenue, site of the 50th anniversary exhibit of Camera Rochester. Photo: David Kramer, 2/18/21.]
I met Dr. David Kotok at the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton a few weeks ago. Since then, David joined Talker as a subscriber (good move) and today ups his game with a report on the 50th anniversary celebration of Camera Rochester.
“YOU NEED TO GET A HOBBY!” said his wife. But being a retired noodnik [Yiddish-low level, chronic irritating person] is not the only reason to join a camera club. For me, I joined Camera Rochester several years before retiring. After my retirement ten years ago, I had much more time to devote to my lifelong interest in photography. The club provided an opportunity for hands-on learning with a diverse group with shared interests. Now the club is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a juried exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery.
Image City Photography Gallery, established 15 years ago at 722 University Ave in the Neighborhood of the Arts [NOTA], is the only private art gallery in the Finger Lakes region devoted solely to photography. It is owned and managed by partners Dick Bennett, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg and Sheridan Vincent. Jim Patton, David Perlman, and Gary & Phyllis Thompson; Artists in Residence, are also regular exhibitors. Wall space and movable panels are also rented to guest exhibiting photographers. Every four weeks is a new exhibit with multiple artists, providing opportunities for over 200 exhibitors every year. The Camera Rochester show is #203 for the gallery. Admission is free and guidelines for physical distancing are observed. Management of such a large volume of shows, artists and pieces of art while open six days per week is a labor of love for the partners.
Before the pandemic, Camera Rochester met every 2-3 weeks with critiques by professional judges, lectures, social gatherings and exhibits. The past year we have had our work judged and critiqued online; all arranged by Lisa Cook [president] and Dennis Adams [vice president]. Meanwhile Marie Costanza has been creating a beautiful monthly newsletter to keeps us in touch and give us ideas about creative projects. We are looking forward to resuming a fuller in-person schedule when safely possible.
Full details about Camera Rochester can be found at CameraRochester and Image City Photography Gallery. The exhibit is open February 23-March 21, 2021. A virtual reception is being planned with details available by calling the gallery.
Personally, my club membership and affiliation with the gallery have been a great resource for learning the artistic and technical aspects of photography, and meeting interesting people that share my interests. I may deny being a noodnik but my wife might disagree.
In the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle archives, I found several articles on Camera Rochester.
Camera Rochester [CR] and Image City Photography Gallery [ICPG] have a long and close association. Most past and present gallery partners are or have been club members. This archival photo from the D & C shows the work of Dan Neuberger a founding partner of ICPG and an early member of CR, and of John Williamson. Dan and John both served an active leadership role in CR until their recent deaths, and are sadly missed. The “Dan Neuberger Gallery” at ICPG memorializes Dan.