AHA will present the Jefferson County Photography Project exhibition May 4-29 at the Fire Hall Gallery inside the Charles Town Visitor's Center, 108 N. Charles Street, Charles Town. An opening reception will be held May 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Jefferson County Photography Project is a group of photographers photographing the people, places, landscapes and events of Jefferson County. The uniqueness of this project is that the photographers are shooting only in black and white film, and all photographs in the exhibition are silver prints made in the traditional chemical based darkroom.
The project, designed and directed by local photographer Benita Keller, is in keeping with the masters of fine art photography, such as Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. The photographers goal is to utilize their personal artistic interpretation of their subject matter.
The artists include: Heidi Geraci, Amanda Hamlin-Lewis, Krista Healey-Schaefer, Stephen Schaefer, Carl Schultz, Sue Silver, Kristian Thacker, Deborah Westphal, and Benita Keller, director.
The project has been funded for three years by The Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA!) and the West Virginia Commission of the Arts. In 2012 "The Jefferson County Photography Project" produced a limited edition book of the photographs. The book will be available for sale at the exhibition.