A new exhibit at Santa Fe College showcases photographs from artists living in several countries but using the same low-tech equipment: disposable cameras.
“Present Company Excluded: or the Disposability of the Decisive Moment” is an art exhibition of photographs taken with disposable cameras by artists from Taiwan, France, Poland and the United States.
It premiered last week at SFC’s gallery, located at the main campus in M-147. The exhibition will run through March 24, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jaclyn Gutierrez, art director for Reitz Union Board Entertainment, said disposable cameras are a medium that doesn’t get enough appreciation.
“You can do good art on a budget,” she said. “I think that’s really important and adds to the accessibility of art.”
Exhibition manager Kyle Novak said the artists had to be selective because they couldn’t see the developed pictures.
“We’re so accustomed to digital photography and Photoshop,” he said. “In this show, the artist really had to think hard about each exposure.”
Samantha Mendez, a 20-year-old UF ceramics sophomore, said she likes the concept because it shows that anyone can make art.
“It doesn’t have to be the most expensive quality paper or expensive cameras,” she said. “They’re showing that anyone has access to a disposable camera.”
[A version of this story ran on page 3 on 2/12/2014 under the headline "Exhibit shows disposable camera art"]
Disposable cameras used as part of the “Present Company Excluded: or the Disposability of the Decisive Moment” art exhibition sit on display in Santa Fe College’s gallery Tuesday.