Photography exhibit benefits KSU scholarships

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Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co. recently enjoyed a lively turnout of buyers and onlookers curious to see an exhibit of the photography works of Kent State University President Lester Lefton, which were available for sale.

All the proceeds go to support scholarships for international students at KSU.

A proponent of meticulous post-processing of images, as opposed to capturing a moment in time as practiced by street photographers, Lefton utilizes the tools available in digital photography to enhance colors, but not objects.

Post-processing may be controversial among adherents of capturing a moment in time, but Lefton's program notes explain that the end product of his work reflects his artistic sensibility and the way he views the world.

"There is much written and much debated about the role of photography in society, the role of post-processing, and the purity of photography as an art form. My feeling is everybody should keep calm and shoot more. Let's populate the world with more art, however you define it. It will make for a better world," Lefton said.

The evening collection consisted of 29 such photographs. The photographs were all from countries he has visited and include scenes from Russia, Italy, Greece, Spain, Germany, Norway, Lithuania, Turkey, Germany, Cuba and Canada.

Subjects ranged from those of a beggar in St. Petersburg, a Florentine street scene and a the Jewish Museum in Berlin to a view of Trinidad, which is a world heritage site in central Cuba.

A print of the Notre Dame Basilica in old Montreal was up for a silent auction. Prices ranged from $49.99 to $485.99.

Those who visited the exhibit dined on an assortment of finger foods and a variety of wines.

Sponsoring the event were Gary Brahler and Kathyrn Dix Brahler.

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