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Sanford December Artist

Thursday, December 6, 2012

This month's Cherokee Sanford Museum's Artist of the Month features the photography of Judith Eastburn and is currently on display in the museum's East Gallery.

Judith Eastburn of Des Moines is the Sanford Musuem's December Artist of the Month. Photo by Mike Leckband
Eastburn is a traditional photographer and uses a Hasselbad camera and traditional black and white film that she develops in her own darkroom. A process that is lost in today's digital world. However the technicques that she uses has already proving the test of time. Her images are gelatin silver prints on fiber-based paper. They are toned with selenium and mounted with archival matting. They are printed from negatives in the darkroom, not digitally. This means that the image is extremely permanent and 100 years from now it should look the same as it does today.

Judith Eastburn was born in 1944, and originally pursued a career in microbiology. After earning an MS in that discipline, she went back to school in Photography and earned a MA and a MFA in Photography from the University of Iowa Department of Art and Art History.

She has taught photography at university level in the US and in England, and has taught photography teacher at Dowling High School in Des Moines.

Her chief interest is the landscape, and she works primarily in black and white. While landscape is the subject, her images are concerned with distilling the light and essence of a particular spot into something more universal and symbolic. Her work has appeared in many exhibitions and one person shows from 1980 to the present.

"I believe we are profoundly affected by the landscape of our childhood. It establishes our sense of space and how we fit into it, and we recognize as familiar those places encountered later in life which resemble it. I was born in Iowa, and grew up in the southeast corner near the Mississippi River in an area of limestone bluffs and wooded ravines. Visits to my grandparents meant drives to central Iowa through gently rising and falling open fields. These are the landscapes which serve as my point of reference when I photograph in other parts of the world. I think Iowa and its openness made me aware of the horizon and sensitive to smaller variations in the land's surface," stated Eastburn.

Judith Eastburn holds an MFA in Photography from The University of Iowa. She has taught photography courses at levels ranging from children to university students for the past twenty years. Her work has appeared in twenty four juried shows, and she has presented eight one-person shows.

For questions or orders, contact JLEastburn@gmail.com

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