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Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Unknown Tuscany


Unknown Tuscany

On August 30, 2006, at 6:30 p.m., the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles, on the occasion of the screening of the promotional trailer for Fiorenza Project (7:00 p.m.), will inaugurate an exhibition by Patrick Alt, a master of large format photography.  The show will open beforehand to the public on Thursday, August 24 and will run through Tuesday, September 12 (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).  Alt will also present his award-winning book, Unknown Tuscany (Mammoth Plate Press, 2006) during the inauguration.  Alt has been a fine art photographer for 35 years and works with cameras as small as 8x10 to the 100-year-old 18x22 inch mammoth plate camera, expressing with his work the historical high regard for the finely crafted hand-made print.  His images of still-lifes and landscapes are printed in toned sliver, cyanotype, and primarily in the exquisite alternative process of hand coated platinum/palladium.  His work is exhibited extensively and is in many private and corporate collections.


Taking his wooden 8x10 throughout Tuscany on 2 separate journeys, Alt has bypassed the familiar, the pretty scene, the expected.  “I find myself searching for those things hidden in plain sight that define and reveal a place.”  He is interested, instead, in stories that propel everyday lives, those events both fascinating and banal.  In fact, the forward, written by Lyle Rexer, the noted critic and author who wrote the illuminating preface has this to say about Alt’s work: “He reasserts the power of art over everyday reality, no matter how picturesque, a power to transform the reality of the tourist and visitor. Alt, in fact, is not interested in bringing back images of something already there and waiting for us, but rather in capturing images of a Tuscany that does not yet exist, that comes into being only as he develops his pictures. This is the unknown Tuscany, not of untraveled byways, not of unexpected light and shadow, but of the artist’s imagination.” The usage of the large format camera, with it’s recording of extraordinary depth and detail, and the soft, rich palette of the platinum print, renders a timeless quality to these images of this magical place called Tuscany.



The author will be available for book-signing after the presentation.




Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hours: 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles

In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Free admission


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