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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alyson Belcher

Dates:  1967 -
Born:  US, CA, Walnut Creek
Active:  US
Website:  www.alysonbelcher.com
 
  
Californian-born photographer who combines improvisational movement with pinhole photography.
 
"The movement in my photos takes place very slowly and it‘s really about understanding the nature of that movement and where it originates internally." (July 2006) 
  
Artist statement: 
  
The Body
 
"My work combines pinhole photography with improvisational performance, and stems from the idea that everything we experience is stored somewhere in our bodies. Movement is one way to access and give visual form to what lies beneath the surface of the skin. The making of this work is an exercise in paying attention and staying present in the body.
 
Because of the unpredictable nature of pinhole photography, there is no way to really know how an image will turn out. I donít usually begin with a clearly defined idea. The images often reveal stories that may or may not have been known to me previously. That doesnít mean that they arenít my stories. Often the body remembers what the mind has forgotten".
 
The Camera
 
"The pinhole camera is low tech; it is the most basic tool for making a photographic image. There is no lens to interfere with the light as it travels from the subject to the film. Because there is no viewfinder through which to preview the image, itís a relatively blind process.
 
The element of time in pinhole photography allows something to arise that might never be revealed by modern photographic technology. The long exposure times give me an opportunity to explore the space in front of the camera. I may have the impulse to move, or I may chose to remain stillóalthough the body is never completely still, and even the smallest movements leave traces on the film".
 
Alyson Belcher (July 2006)

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Education
 
1999 San Francisco State University: MFA Photography
1989 University of California at Berkeley: BA Humanities
 
Selected exhibitions
 
2007 Sun Pictures to Megapixels: Archaic Processes to Alternative Realities, Williamsburg Art and Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, Joel Simpson, curator
2006 Theater of the Self, Taiwan International Visual Arts Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2006 The Art of Photography Show, The Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA Arthur Ollman, juror (catalog)
2006 Person, Place or Thing: A Survey of New Photography, Robert Tomlinson Studio, Oakland, CA
2005 Photography Faculty Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2005 Spectrum 3, Auction to benefit Access Institute for Psychological Services
2005 San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction
2005 New Inventory, Freddie Fong Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Melancholia (online exhibit), Florean Museum, Maramures, Romania
2004 MFA Photography Faculty Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2004 Pinhole Show, Photography Center, San Francisco, CA
2004 Classical Visions / Personal Obsessions, Freddie Fong Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction
2003 Transcending Reality: From Pinhole to Digital, Freddie Fong Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2003 New Inventory, Freddie Fong Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2002 Alyson Belcher: New Work, Freddie Fong Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2002 Self, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
2002 San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction
2002 Photography Faculty Show, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
2002 Bloodshow, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Why Pinhole? Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
2001 Movement Within Dance, San Francisco State University
2001 Castro Photo, San Francisco, CA
2001 San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction
2000 Shadows and Dreams, Rosenthal Art Gallery, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
2000 San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction
1999 MFA Thesis Exhibition, SFSU Art Department Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Active Edge, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
1999 Y2K Artist Calendar Exhibition, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
1999 Zendo, San Francisco, CA
1998 Face, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
1998 Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA
1998 Castro Photo, San Francisco, CA
1997 Stillwell Show, SFSU Art Department Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Castro Photo, San Francisco, CA
 
Publications
 
2006 David Best, "Spotlight: Alyson Belcher," Black and White Magazine, Issue 41, February 2006.
2006 Webesteem Art & Design Magazine (online), number 14: 4/2005
http://art.webesteem.pl/foto_en.php
2006 "Worth a Look," Palo Alto Weekly, March 24, 2006
2006 The Art of Photography Show, Exhibition Catalog, San Diego, CA
2005 Steve Anchell, "State of the Arts: Black and White Photography San Francisco Style," Focus Magazine (formerly Inked), Issue 2, Volume 1, August 2005.
2005 Michael Leaverton, "Body Movin', A Pinhole Progressive," SF Weekly, Vol. 24, no. 27, August 3, 2005.
2003 Zyzzyva, Vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2003
2001 Pinhole Journal: Contemporary Images 9, Vol. 17, no. 2
1998 Face, Exhibition Catalog, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco  
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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