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Dan Biferie — 40 Years in Photography

May 25 - July 30, 2010

Dan Biferie
Billy as a Pixie, from the series "Family Portraits"

"One of the biggest challenges I have found in digital imaging is to practice restraint. It is so easy to be seduced by the filters and effects the computer offers you and to go too far. I want to have one foot clearly in traditional photography so that the work maintains believability, but has shades of incongruity that make you realize it is not real." —Dan Biferie

"The images presented in this exhibition are from three ongoing series of photographs taken over the past forty years. "Family Portraits" is an informal body of work consisting of digitally manipulated photographs of my wife and three sons. Photographed between 1995 – 2009 and created for artistic purposes rather than as a record of our daily lives, these pictures are dreamlike and theatrical. "Churchscapes," derived from my earlier documentary photographs taken between 1971 – 2005, displays landscapes and vernacular church architecture in digitally manipulated images. "A Few People" is a collection of environmental portraits which were taken from 1971 – 2010.

I first immersed myself in digital photography in 1995, while on a sabbatical leave. The work that has emerged from that initial research incorporates the elements from my early documentary photographs into manipulated digital prints. Altered on a Macintosh computer with Adobe's Photoshop software, the resulting images do not completely reveal themselves the moment they are first viewed.

Today I work with both traditional and digital cameras. A few images in this show were made with Kodak’s DCS 100, one of the first professional digital cameras available in the early 1990’s. The DCS had a Nikon body that was modified and tethered to a bulky portable computer with a file size of 1.2 Mb. The pictures that resulted from this camera lack depth and clarity; nevertheless, they have charm.

By no means does this exhibition serve as a definitive retrospective of my work. In fact, much of my most recent effort is eclectic and best viewed as single images rather than as a collection of work. Rather, this show is a glimpse of a journey that started right here, when this institution was known as Daytona Beach Junior College, in 1969” —Dan Biferie

Dan Biferie is an active artist and has displayed his photographs in more than 150 different exhibitions
nationally, including 20 one-person shows. His works have been widely published and are represented in
major public collections including, the National Museum of American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art,
the High Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. He has lectured and conducted workshops at
numerous colleges and museums throughout the nation. He was awarded an individual artists fellowship
from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for his work in digital imaging in 2008. He is Chair of the School of Photography at Daytona State College, where he has taught for the past thirty-four years, and a Senior Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies (a consortium comprising the Daytona State College School of Photography, University of Central Florida - Daytona Photography Program, and the Southeast Museum of Photography). Dan was founding director of the DBCC Gallery of Fine Arts, organizing more than 500 exhibitions, lectures, workshops and seminars during his twelve-year tenure, and served on many state and national arts panels. He played a leading role in the creation of the Southeast Museum of Photography.

FACULTY FOCUS exhibitions present photographic works from faculty of the photography studies programs of Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida (Daytona Beach)

The Southeast Museum of Photography acknowledges the support and assistance in the organization of this exhibition of its partner organizations in the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies.

The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies is a joint enterprise of the photography programs at Daytona State College, the University of Central Florida (Daytona Beach) and the Southeast Museum of Photography.
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Mr. Keyes, Nelsonville, OH
From the series "A Few People"
The Way Forward, 2006
From the series "Churchscapes"
Kathy on Back Porch
From the series "Family Portraits"
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