Robert von Sternberg and R. Dean Larson exhibitions at dnj Gallery

Hula Show copyright by Robert von Sternberg.
Palisades Park copyright by Robert von Sternberg.
No Parking copyright by Robert von Sternberg.
Sketch 150 copyright by R. Dean Larson.
Hydrographic 150 copyright by R. Dean Larson.
Sketch 298 copyright by R. Dean Larson.
Hydrographic 298 copyright by R. Dean Larson.

In its first new exhibitions of 2014, dnj Gallery will be showing traditional black and white photographs by Robert von Sternberg in the main gallery. In addition,  “Hydrographics” by R. Dean Larson will be featured in Gallery II.

von Sternberg has been active in Southern California photography for several decades. This exhibition
highlights samples of his black and white work spanning from 1962 through the early 2000s. All of the
images in this exhibition were captured on traditional film. Some are classic gelatin silver prints.
Others are carbon ink prints that were created by drum scanning negatives into digital files, then
printing them with an ink jet printer retooled with special carbon ink jets to produce an extraordinary
range of tonal qualities. Though the photographs cover a range of subjects, together they showcase
von Sternberg’s talent for finding and capturing the exquisite, yet easily overlooked moments of
everyday life. Using humor and wit, von Sternberg’s images ultimately lead his audience to the
discovery that in a world saturated with images there is still a reason to look. von Sternberg states,
“Images exist—waiting to be captured. Subliminally, I’m always looking for them. I encounter them
everywhere—on my commute, while attending events and even while traveling.”

von Sternberg started taking photographs in his early years in Hermosa Beach and sold the very first
image he took to Surfer Magazine. He has exhibited his work since the late sixties and has pieces in
numerous private collections and 45 museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the International Museum of
Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. von Sternberg’s work is
currently on view at LACMA as part of the exhibition “See the Light – Photography, Perception,
Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection.”

In “Hydrographics” in Gallery II, R. Dean Larson uses digital tools to explore and extend his artistic
vision beyond the capture of a frame. Larson, who taught traditional photography and darkroom
technique for many years, turns to the newer tools of digital photography and Photoshop to emphasize
the distinctive characteristics of ocean waves. This exhibition features photographs of subjects both
before and after manipulation to demonstrate the differences between the captured image and
Larson’s artistic vision. Drawing upon psychology’s concept of Selective Perception, he explains that
he manipulates his images of the ocean in order to “isolate[ ] certain Elements of Design, such as
Form, Color and Contour, and create[ ] a hybrid image of enhanced and virtual reality…In my
Hydrographics series, I have set out to visually illustrate aspects of the ocean’s water.”

Larson taught photography in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 30 years. His
photographs have been exhibited throughout the Southern California area, and his work has been
published in numerous outlets. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology, a subject that influences much
of his work.

SHOW DATES: January 11 – February 22, 2014
RECEPTION: Saturday, January 11, 6 – 8 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm

dnj Gallery 2525 Michigan Avenue, suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 315-3551

Web site:

For additional information or images, please contact Cambra Sklarz at (310) 315-3551 or

By Jim McKinniss

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