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OPENING January 29th: Alan Friedman & Douglas Levere – Fire and Ice


photo-eye Gallery Opening January 29th: Alan Friedman & Douglas Levere – Fire and Ice photo-eye Gallery is excited to announce Fire and Ice, a collaborative exhibition by acclaimed astral photographer Alan Freidman and photomicrographer Douglas Levere opening Friday January 29th and running through April 9th, 2016.


photo-eye Gallery is excited to announce Fire and Ice, a collaborative exhibition by acclaimed astro photographer Alan Friedman and photomicrographer Douglas Levere opening Friday January 29th and running through April 9th, 2016. An opening and artist reception with Friedman and Levere will take place on Friday, January 29th from 5–7 PM, and a gallery talk with both artists is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th at 2:00 PM.


2014 November 11 – Fiery Sun, Alan Friedman

 Fire and Ice juxtaposes Friedman’s telescopic images of the Sun’s surface with Levere’s microscopic studies of snowflakes. Here, Friedman and Levere compare the Sun’s swirling and feathered face with the clean geometric precision of crystalized water in a series of large scale color photographs. At the heart of Fire and Ice are two paradoxes — the unimaginably massive with the microscopic — the hot and cold — both leveled by photography’s ability to expose imperceivable detail and present these two physically disparate objects in the same space.

Snowflake 2014.02.09.010  – Douglas Levere
As Friedman and Levere state: “The volume of the earth could hold more than 50 octillion (50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) snow crystals. The sun could contain a million earths. Yet from our vantage point on Earth, they appear, as if by magic, the same size. A snowflake can be as large as the nail on your pinky. That same fingernail held at arms length is wide enough to completely cover the disk of the sun. Both are everyday subjects in our conversation yet hidden from sight — too small to see with the naked eye, too powerful to allow even the quickest glance.
 Through the use of telephoto lenses to get closer and filters to temper brightness, our photographs permit the viewer to experience what is invisible in day to day life. The details of our subjects are rendered with accuracy — color and composition are selected to better express structure and to impart emotion. Through our collaboration and the juxtaposition of scale and form we hope to illuminate some of the drama and poetry that is found in the natural world around us.“


 ALAN FRIEDMAN is an artist and avid astrophotographer who lives and works in Buffalo, NY. His photographs of the sun have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day and exhibited at Palm Court Gallery, Bates College Museum of Art, photo-eye Gallery, Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the international touring exhibition From Earth to the Universe. His work and processing techniques have been the subject of a TED talk and interviews on MSNBC's TODAY show – among others.

View the FIRE Portfolio

Read more about Friedman's Sun images


DOUGLAS LEVERE is an artist and photographer living in Amherst, NY. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Buffalo News and many other blogs and online publications. From 1997-2002, Levere created New York Changing, one of the first urban re-photography projects, culminating in a book and exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Levere began his commercial photography career in New York City focused on newsmakers, celebrities, and architecture, working for advertising, corporate, and editorial clients. His images have appeared in Newsweek, People, Business Week, Life, New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune, among others. He currently works at the University at Buffalo as a photographer for University Communications.

View the ICE portfolio

For more information and to purchase prints please contact Gallery Director Anne Kelly at 505-988-5152  x 121 or anne@photoeye.com.

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