Peter Liepke: Cityscapes

also on exhibit: works by Ida Weygandt & David Seiler

opening reception: Saturday March 12 from 5-7pm

March 3, 2011 through April 10, 2011


Carrie Haddad Photographs is pleased to present Cityscapes, work by photographer Peter Liepke. Also on exhibit will be a series of photographs by Ida Weygandt titled The Hunt and work by photographer David Seiler. The exhibit runs from March 3, 2011 through April 10, 2011. There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, March 12 from 5 – 7pm. All are invited to attend.

In his artist's statement, Peter Liepke says, "In a world far from perfect, I am more interested in the aspect of showing the viewer what could be, or the visual way in which I see the world as opposed to simply photographing a bleak literal interpretation that shows the viewer what is. Maybe my visual philosophy contradicts the medium of photography itself, but if we don't hold true to our own vision, then why bother doing it?"

To this end, Liepke approaches photography with time honored, though consuming tools and methods. He uses alternative printing processes such as platinum, gum bichromate, gum over platinum, bromoil and oil processes. His camera is a handheld, 4 x 5 Graphlex Super D. He uses all natural light and begins his process shooting with 4 x 5 Tri-X sheet film. Once Liepke has his image and develops his film, he makes a wax paper negative the size of his final print. To accomplish this, Liepke makes use of modern technology by scanning the film negative, inverting it and printing it out to size. He then immerses the paper in paraffin wax, creating a transparent wax paper negative. From there he coats fine watercolor paper with the platinum emulsion and places the wax paper negative and prepared paper into a handmade light box, where the image develops. Liepke, also a highly skilled wood worker, hand crafts all of his own frames.

Though the entire process is one that takes much patience and skill, Liepke is most interested in having the viewer connect to the subject matter and mood he has created, more than his methods. Liepke's inspiration comes from the streets of New York City, where the people, the architecture and the entire cityscape, inspire in him the best of humanity. With techniques rooted in the history of photography, Liepke has found expression for creating images that celebrate the good in us all. 

Ida Weygandt grew up in Chester County, PA surrounded by the equine-lifestyle. Her large color photographs, shot with a 4x5 view camera, document a way of life centered around the beauty and magnificence of the horse. Weygandt is masterful with her use of light in both the interior and exterior environments she is photographing. She transports us into the contemporary experience of this culture, while also giving us a sense of its history. She quietly allows us to revel in the passion and devotion of those who live in this world. As much as her photographs celebrate the rich beauty and enduring strengths of this esoteric life, they also expose the vanity in which the tradition is steeped. 

“Fox hunting has for the most part always been perceived and portrayed as a mere show of splendor and pomp for the upper class horse enthusiast. However, growing up in horse country, I saw it more as of a way of life for this diminishing and very private population of country folk.  The Hunt, the people who make up this society, have most effectively combated suburban sprawl in some of the most pristine country inAmerica.  I wanted to bring this culture to public's attention in order to show the beauty that lies in this slowly vanishing tradition and the significant role it has contributed to land preservation.”  Weygandt received her B.A in Photography at Bard College (2004) and her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art (2008).  She lives on a quiet country road in Germantown, 

In this series of images, photographer David Seiler uses the horse, as well as elements of nature - an imposing maple tree, a magnolia bloom -  to pursue his continual fascination with form. He works in sepia tones and dusty grays, instilling a kind of nostalgia into the photographs. The vintage quality that this color palette evokes suggests these photographs were excavated from someone's personal archives, transported from private to public view for the first time. 

There is a stark contrast between movement and stillness in Seiler's large piece, RC and Molly, thereby introducing a cinematic quality into his work. This quality is reinforced by Seiler’s distinctive artistic method: each image is built through the layering of rectangular collage pieces which break the image down into component parts. The image remains continuous; only texture and tone are broken down in this process. In using this technique, Seiler shows an interest in the nature of form, as well as in the possibilities of composing an image: the “break-down” calls attention to the fact that each image, in addition to being a construct, is also a fragment taken from reality, an infinite source of visual material.

The gallery is located at 318 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. For more information about the exhibit please contact us at 518-828-7655.


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