An exhibition entitled “Luminous Construction: The Photography of Howard Bond“will run through January 14, 2010 in the gallery on the 6th floor of Bird Library. Howard Bond is a renowned American photographer and former student of Ansel Adams.
Since committing himself fully to photography in 1979, Bond has been regarded as a master of large-format film photography. His signature black and photography has been featured in more than 60 single-artist and 40 group shows all over the world. He is the author of two books, Light Motifs (1984) and White Motif: The Cyclades Islands of Greece (1991), both published by Goodrich Press, and more than a hundred articles for Photo Techniques magazine. In addition to Adams, Bond studied fine art photography with 20th-century masters Imogen Cunningham and Brett Weston. The Michigan-based artist has taught workshops on photographic techniques for more than three decades.
Recently, Bond’s photography was the subject of a generous donation to SU by Carl J. Armani ’60 and his wife, Marcy. The gift, which includes a set of 22 portfolios of dramatic landscapes and abstract close-ups taken between 1974 and 2005, is the subject of the aforementioned exhibition in Bird Library. Curator Kelli Pennington ’10, an M.F.A. student in art photography, says Bond’s aesthetic echoes that of his mentors. “I see in Bond’s work a finely trained gaze, an ability to render the details and spaces that make up our world,” she says.
A catalog of the exhibition is available in the SU Bookstore and from Amazon.com.