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Photography Project Focuses on Arcata Marsh
The Times-Standard (No. California)


by Ellen Land-Weber



4/18/2008-- ARCATA -- Friends of the Arcata Marsh is featuring a photo collage series about the Arcata Marsh by Ellen Land-Weber this month at the Interpretive Center on South G Street. ”The Arcata Marsh Seen Closely” features photo collage works. The marsh is the subject of a long-term photography project that continues today. It includes a series of photo collage prints developed over an eight-year period.

One work, titled “Marsh Corals” (created in 1999), was part of a series imagining what organisms might appear at the marsh following global warming. For a second collage, “Pine Cone Bud” (created in 2007), a scanning electron microscope image was used of a botanical specimen from the marsh.

It serves as a setting for an unlikely marsh bird. Land-Weber is a photographer and emeritus professor of art at Humboldt State University, where she taught photography and digital imaging for close to 30 years. She has exhibited her work in solo or group exhibitions every year since 1968. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of museums in 12 states and in France, Japan, Canada and Australia.

She has received various grants over the years, including National Endowment for the Arts Photographer Fellowships, Polaroid Artists Support and a Fulbright Senior Fellowship. Her photographic work has appeared in many books and other photography publications. She is the author of and photographer for two books: “The Passionate Collector” (Simon and Schuster, 1980) and “To Save a Life: Stories of Holocaust Rescue” (University of Illinois Press, 2000). Beginning in 1997 and continuing to the present, one of Land-Weber's favorite projects is the evolving series of photo collages about the Arcata Marsh.

She can be reached at eel1@humboldt.edu. For more information on the exhibit, call the Marsh Interpretive Center at 826-2359.


   







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