Walk down busy J Street, pull open a heavy door of an appealing brick building and enter a showcase of photographic art – digital media, black and white, and historic processes, each image matted in the traditional austere fashion and hanging side by side on spot-lighted walls.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization, provides a community for photographers and photography events, exhibits and education for the community. The center is holding its annual fine print auction and fundraiser until May 7.
“We currently have 160-plus items that have been donated by photographers from around the world,” said Michael Corlew, chairman for the auction committee.
Displayed works include photographs created by internationally known photographers such as Ruth Bernhard, Michael Kenna and Jock Sturges, as well as local photographers Lewis Kemper and Jennifer Wu. Kemper and Wu are members of Canon’s Explorer of Light Photography program.
“Viewpoint is a photography-only gallery,” Corlew said. “We provide an opportunity for photographers to meet with other photographers to discuss photography in all aspects. We have people who are avid digital photographers. We have people who are just as avid in the alternate processes.”
“Alternate process is another way of saying historical process,” said Judy Yemma, Viewpoint instructor and membership coordinator. “As silver gelatin (black and white) came into use, these processes fell by the wayside, similar to what is happening as people move more to digital imagery.”
Yemma offers workshops for those interested in alternate processes. Other members offer classes in digital photography and software and workshops at scenic and visually stimulating locations. Workshop attendees do not have to be members, but members do get a nice discount on the class enrollment fee. Membership fees help with Viewpoint’s operating expenses.
Viewpoint offers the community a unique experience in being able to view a new photography exhibit every month. Reception openings are held on Sacramento’s Second Saturday evenings.
“We do everything we can to put on a high-quality exhibit every month,” Corlew said. “We put up 22 different shows every year. It is just a great community of photographers who get together to embrace photography.”
Support the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and attend the live auction on May 7. Enjoy fantastic photographic works, food, drink and a good time.
View the online auction catalog or visit the Viewpoint gallery at 2015 J St., Suite 101, to see the auction photographs. Prints may be bid on through May 6 in the silent online auction.
Disclaimer: Laura Mah is a member of the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.