For Immediate Release
3 March 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Captive Animals Featured in Photography Retrospective at Tunxis


Left to right: Frank Noelker talks with Chris Richie, one of his former students.

The opening for “Of Animals,” an exhibition of color photography by Frank Noelker, was held February 23 in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College.

On view through March 18, the retrospective of 33 black and white and color photographs of animals in captivity and sanctuaries is from the fine art photographer’s three series Captive Beauty, Portaits, and Farm Sanctuary.

Noelker, who has traveled to many parts of the world and spent countless hours watching and photographing animals, describes his photographs of the past two decades collectively as “a painful story of our separation from, neglect of and indifference to the natural world.” He includes himself among a group of “concerned photographers”— documentary photographers who use their images to invoke and inspire social change.

Noelker’s works have been shown nationally and internationally, both in solo and group exhibits. He has lectured extensively, and his works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Southeast Museum of Photography, among others. His work is also the subject of two published collections: “Captive Beauty: Zoo Portraits by Frank Noelker” and “Animals.” Noelker is an assistant professor of art at the University of Connecticut and resides in Storrs.

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