Photo of woman carrying bundle in rice paddy

This photogram was made using metal coffee filters.

Photo of women in market scene

A stand of poppies was captured in crisp black and white.

Sally Apfelbaum: 25-Year Retrospective at VCP

"Sally Apfelbaum: Photographs, Photograms and Paintings," a 25-year retrospective at the Vermont Center for Photography this month, presents 30 works created between 1987 and 2012 by artist Sally Apfelbaum of Bennington, Vt., and New York City.

Monet's gardens by Sally Apfelbaum

Images of Monet's gardens are richly detailed and artfully interpreted.

With subjects that range from New York's Ellis Island and upstate forests to Monet's garden in Giverny, France, Apfelbaum uses multiple exposure techniques in her photographs that isolate and recombine basic elements of color, focus, horizon line, motion, and distance. Her process of mingling layer upon layer of information creates the suggestion of shifts in perception, memory and time -- and spaces that are at once believable and engaging, yet ephemeral and invented.

Her photograms (or "cameraless photos"), on the other hand, reflect her appreciation of familiar household objects, taken out of context to reveal the elaborate shapes and patterns found in such simple items as metal coffee filters, rug beaters and pie plates. "Photographs, Photograms and Paintings" also includes contact print "still lifes" of small-scale models -- based on the shapes of common vegetables. Sally's paintings are based on photographs and make reference to the Victorian-era language of flowers.

"Sally Apfelbaum: Photographs, Photograms and Paintings" is on view August 3-31, 2012 at the Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, Brattleboro, Vt. Opening reception: August 3 during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For further information: 802-251-6051,,,

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