Iconic Vin­tage Le­ica Film Im­ages of Modesto of­fered at MJC Art Gallery

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MODESTO — Im­ages of Modesto by James Curl, through March 1 in the MJC Art Gallery on the East Cam­pus, 435 Col­lege Av­enue, Modesto. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day and ad­mis­sion is free.

The pho­tog­ra­phy show cel­e­brates Curl’s 50th year as a math pro­fes­sor at MJC. Af­ter re­tir­ing from full time teach­ing in 2011, Curl ac­quired sev­eral vin­tage Le­ica cam­eras and lenses and re­turned to film to take pic­tures of Modesto. He spent the past year tak­ing more than a thou­sand pic­tures of the iconic im­ages of Modesto and se­lected 50 of those pic­tures for the ex­hi­bi­tion in the Art Gallery.

As Curl ex­plains, “In this day of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy us­ing vin­tage Le­ica film cam­eras and lenses pro­vides an “old school” look to the iconic im­ages that de­fine Modesto. It is of­ten about the out of the way scenes that we pass by daily with­out see­ing. My ef­fort to cap­ture im­ages of the past and present gave me a new per­spec­tive of Modesto, one that I would like to share with oth­ers.”

A pub­lic re­cep­tion for the artist is sched­uled for Thurs­day, Feb. 15, 5:30 to7:30 p. m. with Curl speak­ing around 6 p.m. in the MJC Art Gallery. The re­cep­tion is free of charge and light re­fresh­ments are served.

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