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"Alaska Positive" Photography Exhibition Opens Sept. 4



On view Sept. 4 through Oct. 25


"Alaska Positive," the Alaska State Museum's biennial photography
exhibition, opens at the Anchorage Museum during a First Friday
reception 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4.

The exhibition was juried by Bill Owens, a California photographer known
for turning his unrelenting lens on American lifestyles, most notably in
the landmark 1972 book "Suburbia." Owens selected 56 photographs from a
pool of 250 for "Alaska Positive." Eighty Alaska photographers competed.

Anchorage artist Bonnie Landis won the Juror's Choice Award for her
archival pigment print "Rooftop." Ben Huff of Fairbanks earned second
place, and third place went to Deanna Lampe of Juneau.

"As a photographer who is always involved in the documentary image, I
was looking for the winners to be people who had a big vision of
Alaska," Owens wrote in his juror's statement. "The winner was a
landscape image with an abandoned building that had the composition and
color, the mountains and the mist, and spoke to me over other images..."

The Anchorage Museum is the final venue for this 2008 exhibition.

The Anchorage Museum (www.anchoragemuseum.org
<http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/> ) is the largest museum in Alaska, and
one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum's
mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art,
history and science.

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