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James Gehrt

Front Porch Editions, Fine Art Photography by James Gehrt

I capture the time and space around me through black and white images. These images can be rearranged and reconstructed to map the real or imagined memories of my life. I have been carrying a camera with me for 25 years. I shoot the things in life, were I am. The subjects are usually not beautiful on their own, but somehow strike me by the beauty found in their commonality. Not the extraordinary, but the ordinary. Simple, usually quiet subjects that may go unnoticed. Black and white because, I guess that is the way I see. To me, my images feel a bit sad, a bit strange, a bit interesting, and the subjects, somehow unique. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting.

In fall 2006, James was hired as the first Digitization Center Coordinator in the Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) at Mount Holyoke College. The Digitization Center was established as a centralized imaging center to provide consistent quality digital imaging services to the Mount Holyoke community. Prior to Mount Holyoke, James was the Lab Manager for seven years, at the Chicago Albumen Works in Housatonic, Massachusetts. The Albumen works is a renowned negative duplication, photographic conservation, and digital imaging lab, whose clients include national and international archives, museums, and private collections. James is also a fine art and commercial photographer, who has been involved in the photographic and digital imaging industry for twenty years. His work has been exhibited in local and national, solo and group exhibitions. He received his BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1991. James has provided digital imaging training sessions at Mount Holyoke College, as well as presenting and attending NITLE workshops on digitization.

* NITLE Fellowship in Digitization 2009 and 2010 * Local and national solo and group exhibitions * Four self published photography books.