The Photographic Spectrum: David Ulrich and Mark Arbeit

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    Photographer Mark Arbeit on location.

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    Photographer Mark Arbeit on location.


The Photographic Spectrum: David Ulrich and Mark Arbeit


Monday Apr 28 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

Join curator of European and American art Theresa Papanikolas and photographers David Ulrich and Mark Arbeit in an informal discussion about the intersections, divergences, and tensions between fine art and commercial photography. 

Part of the Decisive Moments Photography Lecture Series.


About the photographers

David Ulrich is a professor and core faculty member of Pacific New Media, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. He is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, MANOA, and Sierra Club publications. He is a consulting editor for Parabola Magazine. David’s photographs have been exhibited in more than 75 one-person and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and universities. He is the former Chair of the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He is the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity and the co-author of Through Our Eyes: A Photographic View of Hong Kong by its Youth. He earned a BFA degree from Tufts University/Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and an MFA degree from The Rhode Island School of Design.

For Chicago-born, California- and Hawai‘i-raised Mark Arbeit, photography is "all about light." For more than 25 years, he has chased, captured and manipulated light to create a complex and powerful oeuvre that includes portraiture, fashion, landscape, nudes and the artist's studio. Arbeit's pictures capture life as it is today, from his revealing studies of celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Penelope Cruz, and Anthony Hopkins, to his snapshots of local kids playing in the surf of Hawai‘i. But Arbeit also maintains a reverence for such photography greats as Edward Weston, May Ray, Irving Penn, and Helmut Newton—the last two for whom Arbeit worked as an assistant in the late 1970s. Not only has Arbeit learned from the experts, he regularly pays them homage, whether by applying May Ray's solarization method to a series of nudes or playing with Newton's daring lighting techniques. "Newton taught me never be afraid to shoot in low light," says Arbeit. "It could create something unexpected."

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