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The Silver Image Gallery

Part 1
Gallery History - Tacoma 1973 to 1977
Twenty Years of Photography Exhibitions (1973 - 1993)


First Gallery Location
727 Commerce Street, Tacoma, Washington
August 10, 1973 - May 1, 1977
 


For twenty years, The Silver Image Gallery presented fine art photography exhibition to the Northwest arts community. When the gallery closed in 1993, it was the oldest photography gallery on the West coast and was the fourth oldest photography gallery in the United States. The gallery started out in Tacoma, Washington and moved four years later to Seattle, where it continued to present photography exhibitions for the new sixteen years. It was a sad day when the gallery closed and the Northwest lost a valuable art and community resource.

The Silver Image Gallery history has been divided it into four sections, with each section representing one of the four gallery locations.

Listed below are some of the people that contributed greatly to the success of the gallery in each location. They represent gallery staff, volunteers, friends and supporters of the gallery. Without their help, The Silver Image Gallery would not have survived for so many years.

Thank you; Paul Horst (co-founder of gallery), Bob Young (partner in year two), Alex Horst, Nikki Carder Horst, Marsha Burns, Michael Burns, Ted D'Arms, Roy Kussman, May Holmes, Mary Pearse, Ron Steinberg and Shedrich Williames. Thank you for your support during the early years of the gallery.


Dan Fear
Gallery Owner / Director 1973 - 1993
 




GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION:
DICK BUSHER, CHARLOTTE CASEY, BOB GREEN, FRANK JACKSON,
JEFFRY MEYERS AND TOM UPPER
(Washington, Traditional and Contemporary)
August 10 - September 10, 1973



RON STEINBERG
(Washington, Traditional, Black and White)
September 18 - October 9, 1973



MIKE MOST
(Washington, Contemporary, Color)
KURT NORLIN
(Washington, Contemporary, Color)
October 12 - November 24, 1973



DENNIS BROWN
(Washington, Traditional, Black and White)
JAMIE WAKEFIELD
(Oregon, Traditional, Color)
Exhibition Review
November 6 - November 24, 1973




Dennis Brown (right) and Jamie Wakefield (left)
Photograph by Dan Fear



RON FEAR (1943 - 1973)
(Washington, Traditional, Color, Black and White, Memorial Exhibition)
Photographs by my brother, who was a terrific photographer, he was also a world class mountain climber (1st assent of Dhaulagiri 2, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world), and one of the first to do extreme skiing, he promoted red boots and tested outdoor equipment, and he was an inspiration to many. He's missed and is still remembered today.
Exhibition Review
December 10 - January 5, 1974



MICHAEL GESINGER
(Washington, Contemporary, Black and White)
The first of many exhibitions by a terrific artist. Michael, is still actively photography and producing new work and is someone you should collect. Michael Gesinger, was represented by The Silver Image Gallery for nearly twenty years. He is still actively making photographs.
January 8 - January 27, 1974



PETER ROKUSEK
(Washington, Contemporary, Black and White)
January 29 - February 17, 1974



ARTHUR GROSSMAN
(Washington, Traditional, Black and White)
February 19 - March 30. 1974



SHEDRICH WILLIAMES
(Oregon, Traditional, Black and White)
A great photographer and the only person who encouraged me to open my photography gallery. I was fortunate to ask for his advise and consulted with him before opening The Silver Image Gallery. In the early 1970's he owned the "Shadow Gallery", a very good photography gallery located in Oregon City, Oregon. His support and promotion of fine art photography should be in the history books, because he was a real pioneer when it came to exhibiting photographs and his gallery was one of only a few in the United States. He is an extremely talented photographer and is still actively making fine photographs.
March 12 - March 30, 1974



PHOTOGROUP NORTHWEST
(Washington, Traditional, Color & Black and White)
This was group was a serious fine art photography group. Most of the members lived in Seattle, they supported the gallery and helped get the word out that there was a good photography gallery in Tacoma. The exhibition included: Ted D'Arms, Ron Steinberg, David Azose, Steve Schwartz, Lynn Harrison and a few others.
April 2 - April 19, 1974



MARIA ACKLEY, CHARLOTTE CASEY, LYNNE HARRISON,
SUSAN JORGENSEN, PENNY JANOF, & KAREN SCHERWOOD

(Washington, Contemporary & Traditional, Color & Black and White)
April 22 - May 11, 1974



RAY MEUSE
(Washington, Traditional, Black and White)
Artist Website: Ray Meuse
May 12 - June 1, 1974



DEREK BENNETT
(Switzerland, Traditional, Black and White)
A wonderful photographer and writer that I met in London in 1972. He introduced me to the work of Cartier-Bresson and Constantine Manos and was my main European photography contact for many years. This exhibition featured images taken in Morocco where he lived in a small village and documented it. For a the fun of it we decided to cover the floor with two inches of sand and we also played Moroccan music. This was the first of two exhibitions that featured the photography by Derek Bennett.
Exhibition Review
June 4 - June 22, 1974



DAVID WATANABE
(Washington, Traditional, Color & Black and White)
August 5 - August 24, 1974



GEORGE TICE
(New Jersey, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
This was the first exhibition by a recognized and published Master Photographer held at The Silver Image Gallery.The show featured a variety of his prints and included his portfolio on the Amish. The price of his prints was $50.00 each, and you could also order prints from his books. Several prints were sold during the exhibition helping us to receive recognition on the East Coast.
George Tice Books
August 27 - September 15, 1974



WYNN BULLOCK (1902 - 1975)
(California, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Paul Horst and I drove to Monterey, California to meet Wynn Bullock and pick up the artwork. Wynn and his wife Edna Bullock, taught us the importance of handling artwork carefully and correctly. During the exhibition we sold thirteen prints. Because of the successful sales, Wynn, told other photographers around Carmel that we were a legitimate photography gallery, and this really helped to get the gallery reputation established in California. The prints exhibited were 8" x 10" contact prints and they were absolutely beautiful.
Wynn Bullock Books
Wikipedia on Wynn Bullock
September 17 - October 27, 1974



DALE CARLSON
(Washington, Contemporary, Black and White)
ELLEN LAND-WEBER
(California, Contemporary, 3M Color Prints)
Artist Website: Ellen Land-Weber
October 28 - November 17, 1974



PAUL CAPONIGRO
(New Mexico, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Information from Wikipedia: Paul Caponigro
Paul Caponigro Books
Wikipedia on Paul Caponigro
November 18 - December 9, 1974



CARMEL AREA PHOTOGRAPHERS:
ANSEL ADAMS, WYNN BULLOCK, EDWARD WESTON, COLE WESTON, TED ORLAND, AL WEBER, HENRY GILPIN, RICHARD GARROD, MORLEY BAER, & STEVE CROUCH

(California, Traditional, 2 Color & 8 Black and White, 4 Masters)
December 9 - January 12, 1975



MICHAEL GESINGER
(Washington, Contemporary, Black and White)
SHEDRICH WILLIAMES
(Oregon, Traditional, Black and White)
January 1975



ELIOT PORTER (1902 - 1990)
(New Mexico, Traditional, Color, Master)
Eliot Porter Books
Wikipedia on Eliot Porter
February 4 - March 2, 1975



JIM SAHLSTRAND
(Washington, Contemporary, Color)
LARRY BULLIS
(Washington, Contemporary, Color)
March 6 - March 23, 1975



ANSEL ADAMS (1902 - 1984)
(California, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Wikipedia on Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams Books
RUTH BERNHARD
(California, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
A very early showing of Ruth Bernhard's photography. At the time she was not very well known and had not been showing much. The exhibit featured vintage Ruth Bernhard prints and many were mounted on Masonite. The Ansel Adams prints featured were loaned to the gallery by Shedrich Williames. This was the first time a large group of Ansel Adams photographs were exhibited in Tacoma.
Ruth Bernhard Books
Wikipedia on Ruth Bernhard
March 26 - April 20, 1975



TED D'ARMS
(Washington, Traditional, Black and White)
April 22 - May 11, 1975



MINOR WHITE (1908 - 1976)
(Massachusetts, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
This was truly a remarkable and historical event for fine art photography. On opening night of the exhibition we sold twenty-four photographs. The next morning, we called Minor White and told him about the success. He was very pleased with us and told we could order any prints from his book. By the time the show ended, a total of fifty prints were sold. From a historical point of view, selling fifty prints during an exhibition (at that time) was extremely rare and I'm not sure it had ever happened before. For the exhibition, Minor, sent us a mixture of vintage and contemporary prints, and his just released "Jupiter Portfolio". Since we were located in Tacoma, Washington, Minor decided to let us sell the prints for $100.00 each. It was a very successful exhibition for both the artist and the gallery.
Wikipedia on Minor White
Minor White Books
May 13 - June 8, 1975



TED ORLAND
(California, Contemporary, Black and White)
Artist Website: Ted Orland
VINCENT VALLARINO
(New Hampshire, Traditional, Black and White)
Artist Website: Vincent Vallarino
June 11, June 29. 1975



GEORGE KRAUSE
(Texas, Traditional, Black and White)
Artist Website: George Krause
DENNIS BROKAW
(California, Traditional, Color)
August 27 - September 21, 1975



EDWARD CURTIS (1868 - 1952)
(Vintage and Historical Photographs, Master)
Wikipedia on Edward S. Curtis
Edward Curtis Books
ASAHEL CURTIS (1874 - 1941)
(Vintage and Historical Photographs, Master)
Wikipedia on Asahel Curtis
September 24 - October 19, 1975



JUDY DATER
(California, Contemporary, Black and White)
JEANLOUP SIEFF (1933 - 2000)
(France, Contemporary, Black and White)
In 1972, I visited a photography gallery in Paris, featuring the photographs of Jeanloup Sieff, in a one person exhibition. The gallery and exhibition left a strong impression and cemented the idea that photographs deserved a respected place in the art world. Our show of Jeanloup's photographs at The Silver Image was his first exhibition in the United States.
Artist Website: Jeanloup Sieff
Wikipedia on Jeanloup Sieff
Jeanloup Sieff Books
October 21 - November 16, 1975



ARTHUR TAUSSIG
(California, Contemporary, Color)
Artist Website: Arthur Taussig
CHARLES SWEDLUND
(Illinois, Contemporary, Color)
BURK UZZLE
Artist Website: Burk Uzzle
(New York, Contemporary, Black and White)
November 19 - December 7, 1975



MORLEY BAER, DAVID BAYLES, MARSHA BURNS, WILLIAM CLIFT (website), RAY MEUSE, OLIVER GAGLIANI, CAROLINE VAUGHN, and REID OZAKI
(California 2, Washington 3, Oregon, New Mexico, North Carolina)
(Contemporary & Traditional, Black and White)
December 12 - January 4, 1976



PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN LIFE: BICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT
(Washington 24, California 3, Illinois 2)
(Traditional, Color & Black and White)
January 1976



RALPH GIBSON
(New York, Contemporary, Black and White, Master)
This was another very important exhibition for the gallery because Ralph Gibson attended the opening and signed books from his "Days of Sea" book trilogy. A big snow storm hit us on the day of the opening, but the opening it was a still fun and memorable event for the gallery.
Artist Website: Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson Books
February 11 - March 7, 1976



KAREN GLASER
(Illinois, Contemporary, Gum Bicromate Prints)
GAIL SKOFF
(California, Contemporary, Hand-Colored)
Artist Website: Gail Skoff
MICHAEL STONE
(Washington, Contemporary, Photo Emulsion on Toys)
March 10 - April 4, 1976



GEORGE TICE
(New Jersey, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
George Tice Books
April 8 - May 9, 1976



HARRY CALLAHAN (1912 - 1999)
(Rhode Island, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Wikipedia on Harry Callahan
DANNY LYONS
(Contemporary, Black and White)
STEPHEN SHORE
(New York, Contemporary, Color)
AARON SISKIND
(Rhode Island, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Wikipedia on Aaron Siskind
May 13 - June 6, 1976



DEREK BENNETT
(Switzerland, Contemporary, Black and White)
June 10 - July 18, 1976



MICHAEL BURNS
(Washington, Traditional, Black and White)
Artist Website: Michael Burns
DICK BUSHER
(Washington, Traditional, Color)
August 5 - August 29, 1976



JERRY UELSMANN
(Florida, Contemporary, Black and White, Master)
Artist Website: Jerry Uelsmann
Wikipedia on Jerry Uelsmann
TODD WALKER (1917 - 1998)
(New Mexico, Contemporary, Color SERIGRAPHS, Master)
Artist Website: Todd Walker
September 2 - September 26, 1976



ANDRE KERTESZ (1894 - 1985)
(New York, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Information from Wikipedia: Andre Kertesz
Andre Kertesz Books
Wikipedia on Andre Kertesz
ARNOLD NEWMAN (1918 - 2006)
(New York, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Arnold Newman Books
Wikipedia on Arnold Newman
September 30 - October 31, 1976



BETTY HAHN
(New Mexico, Contemporary, Color)
NEAL SLAVIN
(New York, Contemporary, Color)
KAREN TRUAX
(New Mexico, Contemporary, Hand-Colored)
November 4 - November 28, 1976



PAUL CAPONIGRO
(New Mexico, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Wikipedia on Paul Caponigro
Paul Caponigro Books
ELIOT PORTER (1901 - 1990)
(New Mexico, Traditional, Color, Master)
Wikipedia on Eliot Porter
December 2 - January 3, 1977



IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM (1883 - 1976)
(California, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Wikipedia on Imogen Cunningham
WILLIAM GILES
California, Contemporary, Black and White)
Artist Website: William Giles
EVA RUBINSTEIN
(New York, Traditional, Black and White)
January 7 - January 31, 1977



GRANT MUDFORD
(California, Contemporary, Black and White)
Artist Information: Grant Mudford
STEPHEN SHORE
(New York, Contemporary, Color)
Information from the Getty Museum: Stephen Shore
February 5 - February 27, 1977



BRETT WESTON (1911 - 1993)
(California, Traditional, Black and White, Master)
Brett Weston Books
Wikipedia on Brett Weston
March 2 - April 2, 1977



OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHS
LUTHER SMITH, ED DUNNING, WILL HIROSHI ODA, DAN POWELL, JERRY KENDLE, JAMES CARROLL, MARY WALLACE, ART BACON, CHRISTOPHER SIMONS, JAKE SENIUK, SHERRY GERICH, RON STARR, JIM FERGUSON, ALICE WETHLI, RON CARRAHER, DENNIS WILSON, JON PLANT, RUSS JOHNSON, CHARLES KIRK, CLINTON CLEVELAND, ROGER JOHNSON, MICHAEL GESINGER, DOUG PELTONEN, DON WILEY, CRAIG BARBER, CHARLOTTE CASEY, STEVEN LEWIS, MARY KOGA, ANDREW WILLIAMS, FORD GILBREATH (website), STEVE CHESTNUT, DOUG ETHRIDGE, JON SAVELLE, TOM TUTT, JOHN ANDERSON, CHARLES KIRK, KATHLEEN FULLER, JOHN LEWIS, JAY LANGFITT, GERRY ALTMAN, BOB HEREFORD, VICTOR GARDAYA, ROBERT WEYRICK, STEVE SIMMONDS, DANA DRAKE, JIM BURNS, and JON PLANT.

(Washington 35, Oregon 2, California 5, Illinois 3, New Mexico 1, Arizona 1, and Canada 1, Traditional and Contemporary, Color, Black and White)
April 9 - May 1, 1977

From time to time, The Silver Image Gallery would feature large group exhibitions. This allowed us the opportunity to introduce new photographers to our audience as well as give talented photographers a chance to exhibit their work in a fine art gallery. This was the last exhibition held in Tacoma before moving the gallery to Seattle.
 



Part 1 - The Silver Image Gallery History - Tacoma 1973 - 1977
Part 2 - The Silver Image Gallery History - Seattle 1977 - 1978
Part 3 - The Silver Image Gallery History - Seattle 1979 - 1986
Part 4 - The Silver Image Gallery History - Seattle 1986 - 1993
 



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