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Photography exhibition showcases female form

by Han Nee Cheong. exec. VP, GSO at HPU


“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self,” said famous French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. And there is nothing more revealing than the human body in its au naturel form. Throughout history, the nude female form has been a subject of both controversy and inspiration.

John Chisholm, owner of Photographic Support, Inc., was inspired to bring the beauty of the female form in photography to his gallery in downtown Honolulu. The exhibition, which opened Oct. 1, shows figure art images produced by photographers Brian Peterson and Tomàs Del Amo.


Peterson is a relative newcomer to photography, first picking up a camera four and a half years ago. What started as an attempt to balance his computer related career with a creative diversion turned into a passion. His portfolio of romantic studio nudes and nudes in nature has been published alongside works by Steve McCurry on The Times Journal of Photography (January 2002) as part of an article “Showcasing 29 World Renowned Photographers.”

Tomás Del Amo has been a professional commercial photographer since 1979. He has served for three terms as President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Del Amo owns a full service studio in Boulder and a location studio in Honolulu. He specializes in corporate, industrial, portrait and product photography.

“ Making a profit or selling a piece is secondary to me,” said Chisholm, who went on to explain that the main goal of the exhibition is to educate and acquaint art collectors and the public to the beauty of female forms in photography. Chisholm believes that photography can capture a unique moment in time and make an audience see and feel things in ways that would be very hard to do in other media.

“ The female form has a very fascinating shape to me because it is full of curves,” said Joel Warkentin Jr., a recreational photographer and MACOM student at HPU. “I think in art and photography, the figure as the subject is just one part of the image; the lighting, texture, and composure form the other part.”

More than 20 images are showcased for the exhibition, which is open for public viewing Monday through Fridays. Admission is free, and the show will run from Oct. 1 to Nov. 4. Gallery F22 and Photographic Support, Inc., are located 22 South Pauahi, #101, in downtown Honolulu. Call 545-1882 for details. Photography classes and studio renting are also available.


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