Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ron Testa - Unique, Extraordinary, and Genuine

For his contributions to Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home, photographer Ron Testa was named an Artist of Distinction. His images indeed reveal the spirit of the places he photographs--places that are unique, extraordinary, and genuine. His images also reveal something of Testa's spirit--someone who is unique, extraordinary, and genuine. After all, the great photographer Minor White once said, "All photographs are self-portraits."

Home Sweet Home
This house belongs to a graffiti artist
living in a suburb just north of Chicago.
Jake's Garage
This isn't really Jake's Garage,
but Testa thought it was an
appropriate name for this structure.
Lucille's Trailer
Lucille used this trailer to travel
around the country with her daughter.
Testa has been making photographs for fifty years and has had his work exhibited in a broad array of formats and venues--nationally and internationally, solo and group, casual and elite, publications, galleries, and museums. It began with Testa receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He then took on a brief stint as assistant photographer at the Cleveland Museum of Art before joining the U.S. Navy as a combat photographer and serving three tours of duty in Vietnam stationed aboard an attack aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf. In 1973 Testa received a masters of fine arts degree in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He went on to teach at the Baldwin School of New York City from 1973 to 1975 and was head photographer at the Field Museum in Chicago from 1975 to 1989. During that time he taught photography at Columbia College in Chicago and was a consultant to the collection at the Chicago House archeological dig in Luxor, Egypt. 

Examples of his work are represented in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art  in Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. 

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