Beginning April 20, Atelier 811 presents a survey of works from throughout the 40+ year career of Hudson River photographer Joseph Squillante. The exhibition, Joseph Squillante Photography: A Progression From the Hudson River to Recent Work, demonstrates a progression of the photographer’s technique and style that parallels the development of photographic technologies.
A theme of light and an appreciation for nature are prevalent in the exhibited works. Squillante also points out: “Another theme that drives my work is advocating for the protection of the Hudson River. If I can help people to see and appreciate its beauty, then perhaps it will help them to also see the importance of advocating for its preservation.”
While much of his past photographs were captured with traditional film cameras, digital cameras have made way for some experimentation in Squillante’s works. Known for his striking images of Hudson River scenery, digital cameras have also allowed him to see the mountains, sky and river as shapes that have moved him, in part, toward the production of abstractions. However, even with these abstract shapes, he aims to stay true to the medium – 99% of the work is done through his control of the camera.
The exhibition, which was curated by Milton Ellenbogen, will remain on view through May 25. An opening reception, with a lecture and PowerPoint presentation by the artist, will take place on April 20. For more info on Joseph Squillante, visit: hudsonriverphotography.com. For more info on Atelier 811, call: 914-419-6252.
A version of this article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
Photo caption: The Clearing Near Olana by ©Joseph Squillante