Media are invited to the opening reception on September 15 from 6-8 pm

The Department of Photography and Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts has announced the dates for Out West, an exhibition of ten large-scale, black and white photographs by Karl Peterson. The show will open September 6 and remain on view through October 9, 2005.

Out West will be installed in the Gulf+Western Gallery (main floor, rear of lobby) at the Tisch School, located at 721 Broadway. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibition is open to the public, and admission is free. Photo ID is required for access to the building. For further information, please call 212.998.1930, or visit

The photographs, comprised of many formal elements, are a visual diary of an extensive cross-country motorcycle trip through the American northwest during the fall of 2004. Shot in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and the Dakotas, it is the photographs’ organic details and scale that invite the viewer into a timeless environment.

Peterson describes the photographs as “documents of things that existed, at least for one moment in time, if only from a certain point of view. Their intention is to bring evidence of a greater world back home, whether that world exhibits the hand of man in a roll of hay, or a lack thereof in a mound of dirt. The subjects are obscure and seldom recognized monuments, recorded for posterity.”

Peterson is an alumnus of the Department of Photography & Imaging. His work is predominantly travel oriented, including projects in South East Asia, India, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Peru, throughout Eastern and Western Europe, and the United States.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within a university, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts. The faculty and staff consist of artists, professional photographers, designers, critics, historians, and scholars working from a wide range of perspectives and media.

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