Award winning 3D artist Claudia Kunin will be highlighted in an upcoming group exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography. "Digital Darkroom: An Exploration of Altered Realities" opens on December 17, 2011 and runs through May 28, 2012. In addition to Ms. Kunin, the exhibit features 16 international artists. Spanning from historical trendsetter Jerry Uelsmann, to Maggie Taylor and Josef Astor. Each contemporary artist is considered a master of digital techniques.
Situated at the cutting edge of photography, Kunin is the first photographer to convert her images into 3D so that they appear beautiful to the eye with or without the glasses. Mirroring the history of photography, she marries her own work with daguerreotypes, black & white family snapshots, and her father's stereo transparencies. Kunin then takes the work into the 21st century by using digital technology to meticulously composite her multi-layered images into a montage, converting them pixel by pixel into a 3D representation. "Digital Darkroom: An Exploration of Altered Realities" will present an overview of Kunin's work from her various series including "Ghost Stories", "Holy Ghost Stories", "Family Ghost Stories", "Theoretical Ghost Stories", and her latest work which pushes the medium further still with the use of digital software to convert her still imagery into 3D animations.
According to Ms. Kunin, "3D has been a way to materialize the immaterial to enrapture an unwitting audience, and convince them there is evidence of a life unseen."
W.S. Di Piero wrote in his review of the "State of Mind" exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts: "3D's glassy depths and Kunin's anachronistic imagery make time slither and skip: present and past elide, and human relatedness seems a floating, half-perceived, half-imagined world airy with hope and unknowing."
Premiering at the exhibit will be a groundbreaking 3D documentary on 3D artists. Filmed in 5K resolution using Red Epic cameras and presented in a specially created 3D theater, the film explores the history of stereoscopic photography. It features a select number of artists from the show, and demonstrates how Kunin photographs her subjects and alters them digitally to create a 3D image.
First published in 1976 in Rolling Stone magazine, Ms. Kunin practiced commercial photography successfully for the next 30 years. She now solely pursues her fine art, having been exhibited internationally including New York, Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles. Her fine art has been featured in numerous publications including Eyemazing, Camerawork, Focus, and most recently B&W Color magazines. Winner of the 2010 Prix de la Photographie Paris, placing first in Abstract Fine Art, and second in Fine Art for "3D Family Ghost Stories". She is also the recipient of First Prize for "3D Holy Ghost Stories" at the National Stereoscopic Association and International Stereoscopic Union conference of 2007. Ms. Kunin's work is in the permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American History's photography collection, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Kunin's work will be archived, along with her ephemera, in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to using state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology to display images as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers. Located in Century Park at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, California, 90067. Hours are Wed-Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
To see more of Kunin's work, please visit her website at http://www.claudiakunin.com