KODAK PHOTOGRAPHER SHARES THE FIRM'S GLORY YEARS
A retrospective of the career of Neil Montanus, whose iconic photographs defined Eastman Kodak Co. advertising for 35 years, is on display at the High Falls Gallery. The show includes never-before-seen images.
Anyone who recalls Kodak advertising from the 1950s to '80s knows his work. A Rochester resident, Montanus made a name for himself traveling the world on assignment for the film giant. Typical scenes included bathing beauties, parties, family gatherings and picturesque locales-images that showed off the brilliant colors for which Kodak film was known. Pictures of his own family's gatherings often wound up in national advertising campaigns.
Montanus, in a self-portrait, right, is best known for his Kodak Coloramas, a series of 18-by-60-foot backlit transparencies that hung in Grand Central Terminal for 40 years. He shot 55 of 565 Coloramas, more than any other photographer. (The George Eastman House is featuring some of Montanus' images in its traveling exhibition, "Colorama," now at Grand Central.)
Montanus took portraits of Walt Disney and President Gerald Ford and worked with top models, including a young Cybill Shepherd. He dived into underwater photography, becoming Kodak's specialist and pioneering large-format underwater techniques. He continued diving with a camera throughout his career.
After retiring in 1989, Montanus spent eight summers in Yosemite National Park as a Kodak ambassador, giving early-morning photo/nature walks, seminars and slide shows. He became part of the community of rangers, tourists, climbers and other visitors.
His newest work came about by accident. While cleaning out his basement, he found that fungus and bacteria had invaded the layers of photographic emulsion in vintage slides. Montanus had already tossed the slides into the garbage when he decided to take a second look. The damage had created interesting psychedelic colors and patterns on vintage "Mad Men"-era advertising images and shots of local landmarks, left. He turned some of them into 40-by-60-inch abstract prints and included them in the show.
Montanus' retrospective will be on display through Sept. 2.
During Kodak's heyday, staff photographer Neil Montanus shot images used in the film giant's advertisements, including this 1963 shot. He traveled the world on assignment for 35 years, retiring in 1989. A retrospective of his work will be up at High Falls Gallery through Sept. 2. See story below.
Who more than a mom knows the meaning of permanent press?
"The Permanent Press Cycle," a new series by photographer Lauren Scherer Reinert at the I-Square Visions Gallery, shows women doing the work of being mothers. Reinert's photos, taken in Beechwood neighborhood laundromats, depict women as they balance their work as mothers and providers.
The show will be up from Aug. 13 to 18, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17.
The gallery at 693 Titus Ave. is part of a planned development in the heart of Irondequoit. I-Square also will have an outdoor amphitheater, community learning center, rooftop gardens, retail, restaurants, offices and living units. i-square.us
It's hard to imagine how Image City Photography Gallery finds the room to exhibit the work of 23 people at once, but its newest show proves it can.
The work of eight artists, winners of the gallery's annual portfolio competition, is on display until Sept. 2. Artists are Don DeLong, JFK/AJVK, Susan Larkin, Kate Lipsky, Loreal Prystaj, Raphael Warshaw, Mark Whitney and Mark Widman.
Gallery artists also will be exhibiting: Betsy Phillips, Carl Crumley, Dan Neuberger, Dick Bennett, Don Menges, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, Gil Maker, Sheridan Vincent and Steve Levinson.
In addition, the gallery will feature artists-in-residence David Perlman and Jim Patton, intern Bridget Aleo and guest artists Glenn Alexander and Mark Watts.
A reception will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10.
'Little House' stars
Remember Miss Beadle, the teacher on "Little House on the Prairie"? Charlotte Stewart, the actor who portrayed her, at top below, is coming to the Genesee Country Village & Museum Aug. 11 and 12 for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days.
Stewart portrayed Miss Beadle in more than 40 episodes of the TV series. She'll be joined by Lucy Lee Flippin, below, who played Eliza Jane Wilder, Laura's teacher and Almanzo's sister, during the last seasons of the show. They will talk about life on the "Little House" set during a half-hour presentation and will sign autographs twice each day.
The village will be filled with activities typical of 19th-century frontier life, from pounding corn and churning butter to creating corn husk dolls and running sack races.
William Anderson, a leading Laura Ingalls Wilder expert, author and historian, will speak each day about his years of research. Also on hand will be Laura Ingalls Wilder impersonator Melanie Stringer.
A Victorian ladies' fashion show will feature something that an audience of its day would not have seen: an explanation of how the bustle and other undergarments were worn, as well as head coverings and general women's attire of the era.
The children's fashion promenade returns with all children dressed in historic clothing, as well as an afternoon group photo opportunity with Miss Beadle and Miss Wilder outside the Red Schoolhouse. gcv.org
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