James Casebere, Sea of Ice, 2014, pigment print, 37 3/4 x 49 3/4 inches, edition of 5 with 2 Aps, © James Casebere. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

James Casebere, Sea of Ice, 2014, pigment print, 37 3/4 x 49 3/4 inches, edition of 5 with 2 Aps, © James Casebere. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

The time-honored expression “A picture is worth a thousand words” suggests that we can communicate complex ideas through one single image. In the pre-digital world of photography, these images were believed to be factual and unaltered.

Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography, organized by Toby Jurovics, chief curator at Joslyn Art Museum, explores and challenges that perception in a new exhibition opening Feb. 8 and continuing until May 10. The exhibit examines “pictures intended to convey insight or careful observation,” according to Joslyn’s show statement. Featuring several artists in a variety of media from photograms to images exposed on film and printed in the darkroom to compositions constructed from multiple digital captures.

Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography is open during all regular museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; late ‘til 8 p.m. on Thursday. General admission to the Joslyn Museum is free. However, there is an additional charge for special exhibitions. For more details, go to joslyn.org.


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