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Arts & Entertainment - April 19, 2019

Narratives in black and white

Pacific Art League's juried photography exhibition celebrates the art form's 'timeless quality'

by Sheryl Nonnenberg

We live in an image-driven society and, thanks to cell-phone technology, most of us have the ability to document our every encounter, action and meal. But when one thinks of photography as an art form, the black-and-white print is a dominant image. Since its invention in the mid-1800s, black-and-white photographs have had the ability to distill a scene to its essence, while still evoking drama and mystery. "Noir," a juried exhibition at the Pacific Art League (on view until April 25), demonstrates that contemporary photographers still find aesthetic challenges in this historic medium.

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