Magical Pinhole Photography of Martha Casanave on Exhibit at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS)

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The MIIS Committee on Art in Public Places and the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies are proud to present a photography exhibition by award-winning fine art photographer Martha Casanave on the sidelines of the 2018 Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia.

Martha graduated from the Monterey Institute with a degree in Russian Studies and Literature and has been a photographer educator for over thirty years. She will be showing selected photographs from two bodies of work. "Leningrad in Winter", finished after various trips to Russia and with the support from Polaroid Corporation, and "Explorations Along an Imaginary Coastline, a body of work laden with surreal views of California's central coast, meditations on time, history and narrative mysteries.

Leningrad in Winter by Martha Casanave

"Seeing from the heart" rather than the analytical mind approach underlies Martha's lyrical photographs. She uses a film pinhole camera, a camera with a tiny hole instead of a lens, to produce the grainy and fuzzy images where any signs and details of the present day are purposely erased. Only the emotional, intuitive and literary aspect remains.

The exhibition opens on July 19, 2018, with an artist reception from 4:15- 7:00 pm at Samson Reading Room on MIIS campus and will run through December 19, 2018. Visiting hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Samson Reading Room is located at 453 Van Buren Street, Monterey, CA.

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