50 years on, still experimenting: a talk by Eric Beggs

The Flatirons Photo Club presents photographer Eric Beggs at our January 9 (Thursday) meeting. The FPC meets at Mike’s Camera in Boulder. Use the doors to the left of Mike’s main entrance and take the elevator to the second floor, or take the stairs inside the main entrance after browsing their aisles a bit. Social time begins at 6:30 PM, and our program starts at 7:00 PM.

All Flatirons Photo Club meetings are free and open to the public. We meet the second Thursday of the month, except July and August.

Eric Beggs: Artist statement

Photography has been a 50 year experiment for me.

Each time I acquired a new lens, format or film, it was time to see everything in a new way. Panorama, pinhole, stereo, or infrared, they all encouraged me to consider a new vision.

Life changed in 1981 when I was hired to build a photographic studio and darkroom at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center in Austin.  The collections include 7 million images dating from the first photo by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. Crafting exhibition prints from the original plates and negatives was my education. Seeing the vision of the masters was my guide.

Commercial work included documentation of the restoration of the Texas Capitol and Governor’s mansion.  Exhibition prints for the LBJ library, rare book catalogs, photo services for the fine arts community and environmental preservation.

I hope to encourage photographers (and all artists) to experiment and grow in new and different directions.

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