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Re-Viewed: Photographs by J. Seeley and Sasha Rudensky

August 11 – September 23

Best known for the three editions of his book High Contrast, J. Seeley’s images have appeared in numerous U.S. and European publications including Camera, Zoom,Graphics, Photographs Annuals, American Photographer, Atlantic Monthly, U&lc, The New York Times, a number of published photography collections and college photography texts.

Seeley’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented in many collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The High Museum, International Museum of Photography at The Eastman House, University of Iowa Art Museum, Colorado State University, Davison Art Center and The Kresge Collection. J.Seeley is a Professor of Art in Photography at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where he has taught since 1972.

Perhaps a photographic purist at heart originally, J. Seeley said recently “Only now, as I approach sixty, do I realize fully the power of photography, the power of art. The flatbed scanner and an archival inkjet printer have brought me out of the darkroom and into the light with a new way of seeing and making art.“

Sasha Rudensky’s photographs explore the political and social transformation of the former Soviet Union in the aftermath of the collapse of the communist regime. Rather than concentrating on the global changes in the region, her photographs focus on the more intimate details of daily life that form the essence of a culture: sparsely decorated kitchens and living rooms, abandoned playgrounds and store windows, peeling facades.The personal, yet simultaneously restrained photographs transcend the specificity of locations where they were shot.

Sasha Rudensky was born in Moscow, Russia in 1979. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1990. She received a BA from Wesleyan university in 2001. Rudensky‘s work has been exhibited at The Fish Tank Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Brecht Forum in New York, NY and Face Art Studio in Deep River, CT. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and in September, will enter the MFA program in photography at Yale University.

VIEW PHOTOGRAPHERS:   J. Seeley   |   Sasha Rudensky