The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to showcase a selection of large-scale panoramic photographic works by Thomas R. Schiff, internationally acclaimed photographer and founder of FotoFocus, Greater Cincinnati’s first city-wide, month-long celebration of lens-based art. Schiff will exhibit photographs that result in staggering views of grand architectural structures and the landscapes and cityscapes that frame them.
Using the shutterless Hulcherama camera, Schiff captures the entire scene in his visual range, consequently producing 360-degree views of vivid, colorful environments characterized by convergence, intersection, merging angles, and a sense of spatial turbulence and hypnotic wonder. Schiff uses panoramic vistas as vantage points for combining all of the elements of a multi-dimensional view into a two-dimensional picture that grasps the attention of the viewers as they engage with the spinning, sweeping, and revolving imagery characterized by the feeling of being immersed in a spatial puzzle that intrigues from every angle, every point of view.
Thomas R. Schiff studied photography under Clarence White, Jr. and Arnold Gassan while earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in 1970. A photographer since childhood, Schiff has continued working in various photographic formats for the past 40 years. His early photography featured black and white images focused on architectural detail, storefront facades and windows. Schiff began working in color panoramic photography in 1994, making use of a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera. He has published six books: Panoramic Cincinnati (1999), Panoramic Ohio (2002), Panoramic Parks (2005), Las Vegas (2009), Wright Panorama (2010) and Prospect (2012). Founder of FotoFocus, Schiff helped establish Images Gallery in Cincinnati in 1980. He is currently at work on a book about the architectural legacy of J. Irwin Miller and the city of Columbus, Indiana.
The Exhibition and Final Friday Reception on February 22 are free and open to the public.
Exhibition Dates: February 15 – March 8, 2013
Artist’s Reception: Final Friday, February 22, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
The Pearlman Gallery is on the first level of the North Building at 1212 Jackson Street across from the Kroger Parking Garage. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Standard gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9-9 and Saturday and Sunday 9-5. Please call 513.562.6262 for more information.