Friday a few hundred people came to the Center for Fine Art
Photography to see the grand opening of the center’s first exhibit
in its new location, 201 S. College Ave.
The exhibit will be running through Nov. 27 and features photos
that blur the line between fine art photography and
Nine newspapers from the Front Range are represented, said Larry
Padgett, executive director of the center.
Each photo is different from the rest, but all are examples of
“A good photojournalistic picture is a good fine art picture,”
said R.J. Sangosti a photographer from the Loveland Reporter-Herald
who has one photo in the show.
Megara Kastner, a Fort Collins resident who attended the grand
opening, said the journalistic aspect of the images evoked more
feeling than pure art photography.
“It’s real life. It’s in the moment,” Kastner said.
The show contains a large variety of pictures; every part of the
news is represented, from the war in Iraq to dance recitals in
Colorado. Padgett is proud of the diverse topics represented in the
“This is the first time I’ve come to something like this, but
I’m having fun,” said Eric Canomile, a junior at Rocky Mountain
Canomile particularly enjoyed the war images.
The crowd at the opening was as diverse as the images. Families
and students made up a large part of the crowd.
“My favorite is of George W. Bush doing this,” said 8-year-old
Matt Clough as he flexed his arm, mirroring an image of Bush and a
cadet at the 2004 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. Clough was
having fun with his grandmother and sister at the exhibit and
enjoyed the pictures almost as much as he enjoyed the kiwi from the
“The Center for Fine Art Photography is the only organization
dedicated exclusively to promoting fine art photography,” Padgett
The exhibit is the first for the center in its new, permanent
home, the third floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Old
Town. Volunteers have been working since June to renovate the
location so could be ready for the exhibit. The new location
includes a digital lab donated by CSU.
Padgett was pleased with the turnout for opening night and was
impressed that most people were taking the time to really look at
For more information about the Center for Fine Art Photography
or the current exhibit check out www.c4fap.org.