"Black & White" visual art review

 

This show is billed as "some of the best photographers in Indianapolis" focusing on black and white photography, "the purest form of their art." Certainly, out of the 88 prints submitted by 40 photographers (culled after an open submission process), there are some stunning and memorable images. One of the most stunning, Andrew Johnston's "White Tree," depicts a single sunlit tree against the pitch black recess of what appears to be a canyon wall. This photograph, like the majority of those here, is digital and it's clear that this is the direction that photography's now headed. There are other striking landscapes on display, such as J. Crowe's "Over Joshua" (ink jet printing on cotton paper). Some other digital prints seem like good photos that benefit from the available technology -- and from the company of more accomplished peers. Fortunately, not everything's in digital here and Joe Vondersaar's highly accomplished "Turkey Run" series is worthy of mention in this regard. Through July 30; 317-634-8020, www.deanjohnson.com.

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Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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