Ron Rosenstock presents "Hymn to the Earth" at Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography on Saturday, July 7, 2007 1:00 to 5:00 PM - Artist's Reception, exhibition, live music and hors d'oeuvres, book signing, 5:00 to 7:00 PM - Extended exhibition viewing hours, Illustrated public Artist's Talk & refreshments, Refreshments, 6:45 - 7:15 PM - Seating, 7:15 PM - Artist Talk, 7:30 - 8:45 PM, Refreshments and book signing following the talk , Afternoon Events at 85 Avenue, A Evening Talk at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Industrial Boulevard Turners Falls, Massachusetts 01376
About Ron Rosenstock:
Born in 1943 at Monticello, NY, Ron Rosenstock earned his MA degree in Photography from Goddard College in 1977. He studied with Carl Chiarenza at Boston University, and with Minor White in workshops and study groups from 1967 to 1973. Ron also participated in private studies with Paul Caponigro from 1969 through 1971.
Mr. Rosenstock has published three monographs of his large format B&W photographs; The Light of Ireland (with Introduction by Paul Caponigro), Chiostro: Photographs of Italy and, Hymn to the Earth (with poetry by Irish writer Gabriel Rosenstock and Introduction by Carl Chiarenza). He is currently in-process of preparing his next book, Destinations, for publication.
He has led international photographic travel groups since 1969, to Ireland, Italy, Morocco and New Zealand. He is the founder of Irish Photographic Workshops and is a principal destination guide and photographic instructor for Strabo Tours.
Ron's photographs are in the collections of The Fogg Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, International Center of Photography, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, Polaroid Corporation and Castlebar Urban District Council, County Mayo, Ireland.
He has been honored with numerous solo exhibits in the United States, Ireland and Germany; and, has participated in over fifty two-person and group exhibitions. He taught photography at Clark University from 1972 to 2002 and has been a frequent lecturer to social, community and professional groups, in this country and abroad.
About Hymn to the Earth:
This exhibition is a forty-year retrospective of Ron Rosenstock's photographic work. The name comes from the title of his last book, a monograph of natural and constructed landscapes.
Even the most casual observation of the over sixty photographs on exhibit reveals a consistency of Ron's camera vision throughout his career, regardless of location, be it Iceland, New Zealand, Peru or an island off the coast of Maine. Simple, direct and devoid of sentimentality or artifice, his images reveal a profound wonder at, and respect for, the natural environment and the manifestations of human endeavor in the quest for spiritual connection.
Thirty-five years ago, in the July, 1972, issue of Camera Magazine (Lucerne, Switzerland) Mr. Rosenstock wrote: "My photographs are an attempt to understand the process of creation. They represent a personal search for answers to which the questions as well as the answers are wordless. I regard photography not just as a way of seeing but as a way of living, a search or an exploration." That orientation is evident, even in his most recent work.
Be the subject a mountain, a building or a tree, Ron finds dialog and revelation between himself and the mysteries of spirit, and presents that process in visual form in his prints. Ron is a master photographic craftsman whose meticulously made prints breathe life and light and hope; and those characteristics can be perceived as common threads running through this exhibition.