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Photo Flow: Exhibit by CRLS AP Photography Students

Taught by Debi Milligan

April 30 – May 18, 2018

Reception: Thursday, May 3 / 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Chandler Gallery Showcases Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Photography Students

There is more to the art of photography than what meets the eye (literally). It’s a disciplined study of different techniques and concepts, selectively applied by the artist’s creative vision. It can be intense, yes, but the AP Photography students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are up to the challenge. As juniors and seniors with years of analog and digital photography classes under their belts, their next step is to amass a body of work that will prepare them for college-level courses, Selections of their work will be on display at the Chandler Gallery through May 18, 2018.

“The courses building up to AP Photo are designed to lead students to a place where they are creative, committed, and independent and have a strong desire to understand more about their own photographic process,” explains instructor Debi Milligan.

While the outcome varies from student to student, everyone began with the same assignment to complete three portfolios of high-quality work, yielding at least 24 images total. According to Milligan, the guidelines were demanding: one portfolio focuses on  developing a sustained investigation or concentration on one specific idea. Another portfolio demonstrates a range of conceptual and technical approaches shown in the student’s photographic work, and the third is comprised of a curated collection of their best work submitted as prints. In addition, students write artists’ statements detailing how their portfolios reflect the intent of their central investigation and demonstrate their understanding of the principles and elements of 2D design.

“This course is a great testimony to the value of focusing in on a student’s vision and voice and allowing exploration at the same time,” she says. ““It’s a good way to learn to see one’s own work, the work of one’s peers, and it’s an excellent practice to learn how to find one’s place in the world and make a mark.”

“Photo Flow” is on display at the Chandler Gallery from April 30-May 18. The opening reception will be held on May 3 at 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The Chandler Gallery is a program under the umbrella of the Agassiz Baldwin Community, a private, non-profit organization that has provided quality programs and services in the Cambridge community for over 40 years. Agassiz Baldwin Community also manages Maud Morgan Arts, a full arts program of classes and workshops for all ages. Maud Morgan Arts works to reflect the diversity of talents of the community, bringing people together to make art, share art, and support visual arts education.