“A Passion for Light” celebrates decades of photographer David Young’s work and
accomplishments. The exhibition opens with a public reception
Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Hosted by the University
Museum, the exhibit will be shown and reception will be held in Kipp Gallery,
located in Sprowls Hall on the corner of 11th and Grant streets.
Admission is free, and the exhibit runs through June 30.
Young, a retired IUP Communications Media Department
professor of photography, recalls that at some point during the time he was
earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in English and serving
in the Army during the Korean War, he gave a camera for his wife Beverly for
her birthday. However, it was he who became an avid photographer and, in the
1960s, began exhibiting. He won his first prize for his work, receiving a
People’s Choice Award at the museum in Columbus, Ohio.
Young began his career at IUP in 1968 as an instructor in
the English Department. After 10 years, he was invited to join the
Communications Department to teach photography, a position he held until his
retirement in 1989. A student once asked Young what qualified him to teach
photography, being a man with all his degrees in English. Young’s reply was, “My
teacher was experience; I made all the mistakes.”
Inspired and mentored by Ansel Adams after a visit to Adams’
Yosemite studio, Young shares Adams’ disciplined and meticulous style, carefully
crafting each exposure rather than shooting multiple rolls of film.
Co-curator Ron Juliette, also a photographer and retired
IUP professor, describes Young as “a photographer in the truest sense of the
word. He possesses a master’s knowledge of its history, physics, optics,
chemistry, and aesthetics, as well as its context in the larger world of the
arts and literature. Each of these influences comes together in his
photographs. You see the vision of other great artists in how he masters light
and composition, in the subtle details in highlight and shadow, and in the
simplicity of form and texture. His early devotion to Adams and the zone system of photography defined
his life’s work as dedicated, disciplined, and inspirational.”
Young’s photographs, having drawn praise in local and regional
exhibitions, can be found in museum and private collections throughout the area,
including the University Museum at IUP and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of
Art in Loretto.
The selection of photographs is curated by Beverly Young, Ron
Juliette, and William Double. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday noon–5:00
p.m. and Thursday 2:00–7:00 p.m.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Indiana Art
Association, the College of Fine Arts at IUP, and the Student Cooperative
Association at IUP. The University Museum also receives state arts funding
support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administered
through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
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