Local Exhibit Features Photography of David Young

Posted on 6/6/2016 8:40:50 AM

Gourds“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.”

Rice BasketInspired 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.

For more information, call 724-357-2397.