Questions posed at gallery about the art of photography

Portfolio, Feb 2014 exhibition at Coterie Gallery, Sheffield
Portfolio, Feb 2014 exhibition at Coterie Gallery, Sheffield
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Portfolio One exhibition,
Coterie Gallery, Sheffield

This month’s exhibition asks several questions, including is photography ‘art’ and, if so, what makes ‘art photography’?

Can it be argued that photography is a mechanical form of reproduction set within limits, unlike other forms of art requiring the physical and creative skills of the artist, or can it be argued that the settings, composition, and lighting which have been predetermined make photography ‘art’? And where do we draw the line between ‘art photography’, a snapshot taken on a iPhone or digital enhancement?

The issues are being raised by the group Portfolio, whose exhibition Portfolio One will be premiering at the High Green gallery throughout February.

Portfolio is a small group of like-minded photographers who believe the epithet ‘art’ is wholly justified when applied to photography. They want to lay themselves open though exhibition to criticism of what they do by the viewer.

Photographs on show are taken by Michael Gleave, Colin New, Ron Thorpe, Ron Walker and Ian Wilde.

Prints from the show can by bought through the gallery.

The exhibition can be seen at the gallery, on Pack Horse Lane, Sheffield S35 3HY, which is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The gallery, which is part of the Paces High Green Campus, has free entry and free parking and full disabled access.

Facilities on site include a craft shop and café.

Further details can be obtained via the website www.coteriegallery.co.uk. For further information, email anthony@coteriegallery.co.uk or phone 07981 851174 or 07746 718658.