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Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs Through a Curator’s Lens

We recently sat down with Tom Hinson , curator of photography, to take a closer look at Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs. The exhibition is on view until October 17.

Q: What makes Andrew Borowiec’s work so unique?
A: Clearly his work relates to earlier photographers that have looked at similar subject matter. Examples include Eugène Atget and his work with Paris environments, Walker Evans’ work in the 1930s that captured how working people looked and lived, and most recently Lee Friedlander’s work that was on view here last year. Artists always stand on the shoulder of previous work but that’s just the starting point. Artists then bring their own voices.

Q: What are the keys to enjoying the exhibition?
A: When you look at the photographs, you have a sense of being taken on a private tour. Through the images, you walk down streets, slip into backyards, and look out on to the city. He [Borowiec] is really a very gifted recorder of constructed reality. Andrew is magical in the way he works with light and shade. He brings subjects to life in a most animated way. When viewing the show, marvel at the photographer’s eye. He is able to isolate things that we might walk by and not see their special qualities.

Q: What’s next for the photography galleries?
A: I’m retiring in December after 38 years at the museum, but I will be curating two exhibitions in 2011. Contemporary landscapes from the permanent collection will be on view in the galleries next spring.

Q: What aspects of photography interest you most?
A: I enjoy the whole history of the media. It allows me to participate in different chronological periods that showcase the evolution of photography as fine art.

-- Kesha Williams

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