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Reimer shows work from five decades of photography

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Stan Reimer, Pratt, whose work is on display at Bethel College, picked up a camera at a young age and pretty much never put it down.

“50 Years of Photography” is currently in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center. The artist reception is Feb. 18, 6–8 p.m., outside the gallery.

Reimer began taking pictures when he was 12, with an adjustable camera. He has pursued his art and passion for photography throughout his career and education.

He has a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in music with education licensure from Bethel and earned a master’s degree in music education from Wichita State University. He taught public-school music for 12 years.

In 1976, Reimer founded Stan Reimer Photography LTD and The Photography Gallery in Pratt. He was named a Master Photographer in 1985 and a Master Photographer Craftsman in 1995 by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

He served as a board member and officer for the Heart of America Photographers Association for 12 years and a member of the council of the PPA for 19 years. He has been a juror at numerous professional photography events and has taught seminars and classes for the Kansas Professional Photographers Association.

Reimer is currently executive director of the Vernon Filley Art Museum in Pratt.

He has won numerous awards across Kansas for his photography, along with 85 print merits, and Photographer of the Year ratings in 2006 (bronze) and 2007 (silver), from the PPA International Competition.

Reimer has exhibited photography in galleries throughout the state, including the Moss-Thomas Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University, the Hays Arts Council, the Hutchinson Art Center, Century II in Wichita, the Shafer Gallery in Great Bend, the Carnegie Art Gallery in Dodge City and the Vernon Filley Art Museum.

He also has work on display in the International Photography Hall of Fame in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. He has specialized in custom archival framing for 40 years.

“My photographs vary greatly in method, style and subjects,” Reimer says in his artist statement. “I have taught photography for professionals as well as amateurs all through my career.

“Therefore, I find myself exploring many different techniques and methods. In my early years, I worked primarily in black-and-white film because I could develop and print my own work. I prefer to work in black-and-white [but] I entered the digital world early, switching to digital in 1996.”

Reimer calls his photographic process “‘pre-visualization.’ When making the exposure, I see the final image in my mind. Unfortunately, the camera is an imperfect instrument, so post-production is necessary to achieve the desired final image.”

He cites as his primary influences Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and John Sexton.

“I also admire the portrait work of Josef Karsh and Arnold Newman. I am indebted to the Kansas Professional Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of America and its members for being the source of much of my photographic knowledge.”

“50 Years of Photography” will be on display through Feb. 19. Gallery hours are Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays 2–4 p.m. Admission is free.

Upcoming exhibits this school year are: Charles Baughman, “Organic Abstraction,” Feb. 26–March 18; the Annual Student Exhibit, April 1–22; and the Annual Senior Exhibit, April 29–May 20.

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