Lot 25: Alan Friedman

2016 CEPA Gallery Biennial Art Auction, Alan Friedman

Golden Sun
9 May 2015
Archival Inkjet Print
19 x 19 inches
Signed Verso
Edition of 15
Fire and Ice Series

BIO: Alan Friedman is an artist and avid astrophotographer who records our neighborhood star from his backyard in Buffalo, NY. His photographs of the sun have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day and shared widely with science and art audiences through print and digital publication. A solo exhibition Into the Light was mounted at the Palm Court Gallery during the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Orange County, CA and Group shows include Starstruck at Bates College Museum of Art, Solar at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the international touring exhibition From Earth to the Universe. His work and image processing techniques have been the subject of lectures and articles, a TED talk, interviews on MSNBC’s TODAY show and in the book, Lessons From the Masters. His portfolio of photographs is represented at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.

STATEMENT: My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of a moment in the life of our local star. Most are captured from my backyard in Buffalo, NY. Using a small telescope and narrow band filters I can capture details in high resolution and record movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes. The raw material for my work is black and white and often blurry. As I prepare the pictures, color is applied and tonality is adjusted to better render the features. It is photojournalism of a sort. The portraits are real, not painted. Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image.

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