Escondido, CA

Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches opens at the Center

The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido will open Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches, on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.

The exhibition features a select group of contemporary Southern California artists who are taking the manipulation of light to a new level. Thought-provoking imagery as well as an appreciation for more traditional work from the original masters is at the crux of this exhibition.

The visual dialogue created by these divergent periods of photographic history parallels in unique ways to the present-day art photographer who challenges our ideas of what photography is and can be. These artworks take a distinct approach using a wide range of progressive aesthetics, materials and technologies to examine contemporary photographic imagemaking. Among other themes, the artwork focuses on a fresh look at portraiture, conceptualism, digital manipulation, landscape, spirituality and storytelling.

Featured photographers include:  Eleanor Antin, Becky Cohen, Ernesto Corte, Sol Hill, Pablo Mason, Michele McCain, Major Morris, Arthur Ollman, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nadia Salameh and Richard Slechta.

In partnership with the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego the Center will present Ansel Adams, Mathew Brady, Robert Doisneau, Harold Eugene Edgerton, Dorothea Lange, and Jacques-Henri Lartigue who were among the first to introduce the world to the art of photography.

For the Center’s Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, the Tower Gallery displays a special ofrenda (offering) in honor of John Medina, a passionate and beloved educator who taught second grade in the Escondido Union School District for almost twenty years. Medina’s former students, the third, fourth, and fifth graders from Lincoln School have assisted in the development and design of the altar, under the instruction of teaching artist, Daniel Martinez.

The exhibition runs until November 12, with an opening night reception open to the public on Sept. 29 beginning at 6 p.m. A panel discussion consisting of some of the featured artists is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and a special one-night only Dia de los Muertos celebration free to the public on November 1 from 6-9 p.m.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at 800-988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit

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