Friday, March 16, 2018

More Ami Vitale News

The BBC website is one of my favorite news and culture sources. Today I noticed "A Life Devoted to Photography" with a person in panda costume holding a baby panda. My first thought was Ami! You may know that she has spent a lot of time with pandas in China over the past few years, and a selection of her panda photographs were published in National Geographic a few months ago. Once I clicked on the link: my hopes were confirmed with the story about her. There are many images from around the world which Phil Cooms, BBC Picture Editor calls "...exquisitely beautiful...."If you don't already agree, I think you will once you've read the article or check out her web site at Through This Lens has quite a good selection of signed prints of Ami's work. Please ask to see them on your next visit.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ami Vitale photo included in World Press Photo Awards

I ran across an article in the Washington Post web site with several award winning photographs. In browsing through the group, I recognized one that had a familiar look. Follow this link to the article of you can see Ami's photo via this link:

Ami has had two formal exhibitions at Through This Lens, and we generally display a few of her signed prints throughout the year. If you are curious please ask to see her work the next time you visit the gallery - or phone us for more information.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Photographer Pete Turner 1934 - 2017

Pete Turner, one of those artists who's work you all know even if you don't know his name, passed away a few days ago at his home on Long Island. Mr. Turner's photographs often made use of electric-vibrant colors.  His work will live long, though in today's world most viewers will not appreciate how much work went into creation of those images - before computers dominated the craft. To see some of his best-known photographs and for more information about his career, there is a very good article on the New York Times web site:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

October Photography Month - now official

Who would guess that North Carolina now has an officially proclaimed Photography Month? Brittany Hillen, A Seattle based writer on recently published an article about Governor Roy Cooper's proclamation. I won't go into detail, but I do recommend that you read the short article via this dpreview link:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

3 Photographers Visit the 5x7 Project

Hugging an Enlarger

(L-R) Barbara Tyroler, Diane Davis, and featured artist Dawn Surratt stopped in to say hello and spent a few minutes with our 5x7 Durst.

Dawn Surratt shown on the right above, is one of our featured artists with 15 photographs on display through early January . If you have not yet seen them,  come on down. While the three were here, we reminisced about the days of Dektol and a time when photography was simpler. The 5x7 project is, in part, a nostalgic trigger.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The 5x7 Project - A Beginning

New to Through This Lens: a scrap 5x7 enlarger to go with a 5x7 camera and accessories. I've used 4x5 a but this will help make even larger prints, eventually. I used the term scrap because this enlarger really needs a lot of work before it can be used - and because it was recently purchased from the Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC. It seems that almost anything can be found there!

As we make progress new postings will be made - but in the mean time, stop by to meet the new monster. It will be on display in the gallery area as a silent greeter.

On another note, stay tuned for news about changes at the gallery other than our new friend...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Ami Vitale in the news

Ami Vitale looks charming dressed as a panda holding her Nikon. Her photographs appear in the latest issue of National Geographic magazine in a story entitled "Pandas Gone Wild". Ami has long been a favorite at Through This Lens, having had two one-artist shows here and was one of the earlier widely published photographers to exhibit here. Her photograph "The Last Shangri La" also known as "Monk at the Red Doors" still tempts visitors and collectors. I hope you will read the article and share your thoughts about one of our most celebrated wildlife and people photographers.

The article Pandas Gone Wild, may be found on pages 60 through 85 in the August 2016 (current as of this writing) issue of National Geographic magazine. Through This Lens has a good selection of Ami Vitale's prints available - also learn more about her at