"Passing Moment" Exhibit

Jack Delano
JACK DELANO (1914-1997): "Migrant agric-worker at Little Creek, waiting for Norfolk Cape Charles Ferry, July 1940"
Gelatin Silver Print, 8.75 x 13.25 inches. Collection of Frank Saunders.

On exhibit at Hampden-Sydney's Atkinson Museum from March 5 through April 25are photographs from the collection of Frank Saunders, "Documenting the Passing Moment."


Saunders is with The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and teaches traditional darkroom photography.  He grew up in Charlottesville, VA, and received a BFA in Communication Arts and Design.  He has photographed extensively in New Mexico, Washington State, and Guatemala.  His latest body of work is landscape photographs taken in the Bluegrass Valley in Highland County, VA.  Saunders' interests lie in the history of photography and alternative printing processes. 


"As I suppose it is with many collectors," says Saunders, "I did not set out to build a collection of photographs.  When I started making photographs myself 30 years ago, I did what all photographers do, I started looking seriously at other people's photographs.  Preferably not reproductions in books or magazines, but actual photographic prints.  A good print has a spark of life and a presence, an object-like quality that can be very moving."


The exhibit opens on Thursday, March 5, with a gallery talk and reception beginning at 4:30 PM, at Atkinson Museum.  The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5:00 PM.  For Saturdays and other times, call 434-223-6134.