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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Artist's reception for Ken Hanson's Himalayas photos Friday evening

The Picture Framer’s Artshack Gallery
96 Elm St., Cheshire, (203) 272-2500
Kenneth Hanson: Photographs of the Himalayas
Through Oct. 31, 2008
Artist reception & book Signing: Fri., Oct. 10, 6—8 p.m.

Press release

During the month of October, the Picture Framer’s Artshack Gallery will feature the photographs of Kenneth Hanson. Photos on exhibit will be of his journeys to the Himalayas. (I wrote a profile of Ken Hanson for this month's The Arts Paper, published by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. It is available online here. —HH)

“The Himalayas are emblem of the ultimate challenge and the ultimate passage between life and death. As such, they deserve our serious attention.” says Kenneth Hanson, who for two decades has been taking his sturdy view camera to the Himalayas and making dramatic black-and-white prints from his 4x5 negatives. His trips range from the Karakoram in Pakistan (K2 region) to Kangchenjunga in eastern Nepal. They include the hidden realm of Dolpo in Nepal and the approach to Everest from both Tibet and Nepal.

In addition to his pictures, the exhibit will feature his just published book of black and white photographs Himalayan Portfolios: Journeys of the Imagination. The book (11x13.5 inches) consists of over 100 duotone black-and-white photographs and an interpretive essay. The photographs include a fold-out panorama of the Biafo Glacier (11 x 46 inches.) A foreword has been provided by Greg Mortenson, alpinist and humanitarian, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea.

Prior to 1991 Kenneth Hanson was senior research biochemist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. He resides in Orange.

The exhibit will run through the month of October. An artist reception and book signing is planned for Fri., Oct. 10, from 6—8. The book designer and editor, Gail and Charles Fields, will also be present. This reception is free and open to the public.

The Picture Framer is located at 96 Elm Street in Cheshire behind the Town Hall and adjacent to the Watch Factory Shoppes. For more information and gallery hours, call (203) 272-2500.


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