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Gallery exhibit features Star Prairie photographer's work

ArtZ Gallery announces the opening of "Tribes: Many Faces One People," a photography exhibit featuring portraits of Native American dancers by Star Prairie photographer Tom Lindfors.

Meet the photographer at a reception Friday, Nov. 12, starting at 5 p.m.

Lindfors' black and white portraits document dancers during powwows from around the country and were created in the field using Polaroid film and a large format 4x5 view camera. By using a large format camera, he was able to mimic the logistical challenges faced by historic photographers like Edward Curtis and De Lancey Gill. His recent portraits are the result of collaborations with contemporary Native American artists. They often employ digital techniques to incorporate multiple layers of content central to telling an individual's story into a single image.

Lindfors' photographs have been exhibited at museums and galleries from Chicago to Santa Fe as well as overseas. A number of images belong to private collections, including the permanent archives of the International Polaroid Collection.

He is a past president of the Midwest chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. He loves living in Star Prairie but still doesn't understand how there can be so many county roads named "C".

The exhibit ends Nov. 29.

ArtZ Gallery is an artist-owned and operated non-profit gallery located at 208 North Keller Avenue in Amery. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 715-268-8600.