For more than 30 years Tucson attorney Blair Phillips Friederich has pursued a somewhat unusual avocation - black-and-white photography that he transforms into art-quality gelatin silver prints in his own darkroom.
In recent years Friederich's work has been featured in several publications and in national and international juried exhibits, both on location and online.
An upcoming exhibit at the Academy Village Long Gallery will feature selections of Friederich's finest work as well as a display of jewelry created by his wife, Catherine Bode Friederich, a master jewelry-maker.
Open to the public free of charge, the exhibit begins with a reception June 28 at 4:30 p.m. and continues through the summer. The Long Gallery, in the community center at 13701 E. Langtry Lane, is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
The entrance to Academy Village, an active-adult community, is off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East.
Friederich describes most of his photographs as "minimalist" or "reductive."
His interest in black-and-white photography began in Chicago in the 1970s when he had the opportunity to take seminars from Nikon and Canon representatives. After he moved to Tucson in the mid-1980s, he transitioned from 35mm film to medium-format film that he develops and prints in his "wet" darkroom.
During his early years in Tucson Friederich studied with the then-curator of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona and enrolled in photography classes at Pima Community College. He has also attended intensive workshops conducted by several master photographers.
The collection that Catherine Friederich will display is called "Earth, Water, Fire and Wind: A Selection of Art Jewelry With Semi-Precious Stones and Metals."
As a young girl she decided that she would wear jewelry made from natural materials and no costume jewelry; she uses fine silver, sterling and copper metals as well as natural, untreated stones for her creations.
Over the years her work has been inspired by the primitive designs of African masks, baskets and textiles; also the Japanese aesthetic portrayed in architecture, textiles, basketry and pottery and the handiwork of American Indians.
"I design pieces of simplicity that resonate with the inner beauty and harmony of the wearer," she said.
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