You'll Want To Look Back

In the 1970s Elliott McDowell excelled at traditional photography techniques, acclaimed for his keenly printed photographs of unusual, mostly staged shots of comical people and quirky subject matter. The Santa Fe-based photographer's early black and white images aren't easily forgotten, and ones like "The Wolf," "The Bachelor," "Moonrise Over Rolls Royce" and "Tony on site at Yucca Flats" are classic pre-Photoshop gems that (like many of his recent, colorful creations) are begging to be turned into book sleeves or album covers. Soon, inspired by Jerry Uelsmann's composite black and white creations, McDowell's silver prints gave way to more fanciful colored photographs and eventually to vibrant digital composite pieces. An exhibition of 35 years' worth of imagery, Elliot McDowell - A Retrospective Exhibition: Photographs/Composites 1976-2011 provides an interesting chance to appreciate how an artist's creations evolve as technological advancements occur within a medium. McDowell's a Southern Methodist University grad, and I can't imagine that prints of his "Flying Horse" won’t be available. Who knew Pegasus could look so cool in black and white? Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The exhibition runs though July 19 at Afterimage Gallery, located at 2800 Routh St., Suite 141 in The Quadrangle. Call 214-871-9140 or visit
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: May 28. Continues through July 19, 2011


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