Self & Others: The Photographic Portrait


While formal portraits have held their own in high school yearbooks and on office desks, bookcases, piano tops, and just about everywhere, how much do they really tell us about the subjects inside the portrait?

A new exhibition, Self & Others: The Photographic Portrait, will provide an opportunity to look beyond the static representation that is often seen in portraits. A number of local photographers including Peter Larson, Anna Young, Ed Suba, and Don Parsisson, will be showcasing their interpretations of the contemporary portrait. This major exhibition opens March 20, 2015 at Summit Artspace Gallery and will be on view through May 3.

Peter Larson

Peter Larson

In the digital age, portraits have been redefined with the casual selfie. Summit Artspace encourages visitors and those around the world to submit their own Selfie via email or hashtag.  Images will be printed and displayed in the gallery alongside the curated exhibition. This will be an on-going project throughout the show. Readers can submit their selfie to: or using the hashtag #selfothers on facebook, instagram, or twitter.

The Summit Artspace Gallery is located at 140 E. Market Street and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 20, 5 – 8 p.m.

Don Parsisson

Two exhibit-related workshops will be held at Summit Artspace:

Portraits for Everyone – Saturday, April 11, 1 p.m.
Jennifer Davis of SmART Studio will start by snapping portraits of the attendees and then each participant will express their inner creativity using collage materials. This workshop is kid friendly, free and open to the public.

One Light Portrait Photography – Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m.
Bring your camera and learn how to shoot dramatic portraits using only one light. Jesse   McDaniel will provide the additional equipment necessary for this workshop.

To register for the workshops click here.