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Contemporary Color Photography

Documentary photographs of Richmond's Flood Wall
June 1 - July 1, 2001

Opening Reception
June 1, 7:00-9:00pm

Helena Davis Gallery

Click on picture for larger image Read the show press release from May 18, 2001


      I enjoy the exploration of the medium of color photography. I am attracted to straight color and have not chosen to alter the color pallet. Many photographers choose to abandon straight photography or color for the manipulated. I take pleasure in creating harmony of line and form. The mammoth size of the floodwall creates dramatic light and shadows.

      With my goal being to achieve brilliant color, these photographs have been taken in the fall, winter or spring, when atmospheric haze is at a minimum. The light at these times of year is rich and brilliant and the color is extremely saturated. I have found the best days to work on this project have been after a rain when a new high-pressure front pushes out the atmospheric haze and humidity.

      I have a passion for printing my own photographs, which is unusual in today's world where many photographers choose to have their work printed at an outside lab. Printing affords me the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process from inception to completion of any given project. Photographing various directions and at various times of day has created a tremendous challenge in balancing the color of the wall from picture to picture.

      The floodwall and its dynamic presence have been challenging to work with visually. I am attracted to the minimalist form that it presents in its mammoth proportion. My photographs depict how the wall interfaces and visually impacts the city.

David Bremer
2020 Grove Avenue
Richmond VA 23220

Photo by David Bremer David Bremer is Associate Professor of Photography and has earned his MA and BFA in photography and art from Ohio University, Athens. During his tenure at VCU he has taught all levels of undergraduate and graduate classes since 1972. His teaching expertise has been with portraits, color, alternative processes, studio and view camera operation. Bremer's classes are a blend of practical, artistic, design, technique, criticism and communication. His service to the university has been plentiful, having served on numerous tenure and promotion, NASA self-study, faculty evaluation, faculty advisory, student exhibition, portfolio review, curriculum, graduate affairs, faculty awards, and Anderson Gallery committees. Service outside the university has been to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Binford Middle School, The Stock Market Game, The Virginia Lottery and Richmond Camera Club.

Prior to his appointment at VCU, he taught art in high school, was a corporate photographer for Armco Steel and served in the Army as Vietnam era photographer to a Major and Brigadier General. Mr. Bremer has had numerous one person and group exhibitions of his photography throughout the country.

In recognition of his work, Mr. Bremer has received: two faculty research grants from VCU, "Certificate of Distinction" and purchase print in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Virginia Photographers Exhibition; a purchase award in the Huntington WVA Galleries Exhibition 280; a purchase award from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC; a juror's purchase award from the Roanoke Fine Arts Center; and an Integon Corporation purchase award. His solo exhibitions have been at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY; The McGuffey Arts Center, Charlottesville, VA; The Untitled Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; Guilford College, Greensboro, NC; Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA; Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA; The Gallery of Modern Art, Fredericksburg, VA; Richard Bland College, Petersburg, VA; and The Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

Photo by David Bremer

In 1976 through 1984 he owned Photoworks, a Richmond gallery devoted solely to showing fine contemporary photography. Two VCU Photography MFA students were able to gather valuable experience interning at the gallery. Bremer was active in starting a statewide organization to promote photography as fine art. He was elected to the interim Board of Governors and served as president for three years of the Virginia Society for the Photography Arts.

During the 1980's and 90's Mr. Bremer has turned his interest to corporate photography, photographing mainly portraits for brochures for such dients as T. C. William's School of Law, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Fidelity Bankers Life, Virginia Tax Amnesty, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Virginia Council on Economic Development, US Structures, Erie Insurance Group, Crestar Bank, Albright & Wilson Americas, Inc., Richmond Pediatrics and Alliant Food Services. Mr. Bremer has had the opportunity to photograph such Virginia notables as Governors Robb, Baliles, Wilder, Allen and the following have sat for a formal portrait; Chief Justice Carrico, Justice Powell, U.S. District Judge Merhige, Don Beyer and Oliver Hill.


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