This exhibition showcases the landscape photography of father/daughter artists Steven Barbash and Laura Reid. After moving to central Pennsylvania in 1960 to teach studio arts at Juniata College, Barbash bought a farm outside of town in an area now occupied by the man-made Raystown Lake. During his ten years on the farm, he took many photographs along the "rough and exotic forests" of the Juniata River's Raystown Branch. Nearly forty years later, when he rediscovered the negatives from which photographs in this exhibition are printed, Barbash was filled with nostalgia for a landscape that no longer exists--the "mystic places [that] are now hundreds of feet underwater fermenting into art and myth." Barbash shared his love of photography and of nature with his daughter, buying her a camera when she enrolled in a college photography course. For Reid, exhibiting with her father is a "special thrill" because he inspires her "to notice and appreciate exquisiteness in nature and the art that surrounds us all." Reid took many photographs during the two years she spent in Zimbabwe teaching English in rural schools; she was compelled to capture "the vast beauty of the African landscape and the people who call it home, " finding them to be "artistically irresistible."
Opening Reception: April 14, 5:00-6:30 pm.
Image: Laura Reid, Zimbabwean Woman, sepia photograph, 1995, 16" x 20". Image courtesy of the artist.