Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Bill Finger

December 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bill Finger

Bill Finger’s imagery examines such topics as space exploration, crime, and the fallibility of memory. With each series he looks to the thin line between fiction, reality, and photography. To create an image, he begins with the construction of a miniature diorama that is built specifically for the point of view of the camera lens. The basis for the dioramas comes from an entwining of specific personal memories with those of the fabricated spaces, that he has worked on during a career as a motion picture assistant cameraman.

For this Brown Bag discussion, Bill Finger will be talking about the work that he has created, as well as, what brought him to embrace the miniature as subject.

Bill Finger is a Seattle based artist whose work combines sculpture and photography. Handcrafting each element, he constructs and then photographs miniature dioramas. Each image is imbued with a sense of cinematic narrative that reflects twenty years working around film sets. By mimicking the filmmaking process, he is able to create a miniature construction of a constructed reality.

Bill has exhibited his photographs in Europe, the US and Canada. His work is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum of Photography and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He holds a MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Free to the public.

Sponsored by the Museum’s Photography Council. Major support provided by Pro Photo Supply.


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