The Photographer’s Moment: Opens at Gallery 625 in Woodland

The photographer is both the subject and artist in the new exhibition The Photographer’s Moment opening at YoloArts Gallery 625 in Woodland on April 1. This solo show of photographs by Joseph Finkleman explores photographers – from the professional to the casual selfie taker.

The exhibition is part of a larger regional celebration of April’s Photography Month coordinated by Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento.

Artist Joseph Finkleman received a BFA and MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. For the past 35 years he has taught photography and animation intermittently, in public and private schools. Finkleman has also had a long career as a commercial photographer. Currently, he is working on his first graphic novel, Happy Tooth, due to be published this fall. Finkleman has been showing his work since 1968 and The Photographer’s Moment is his 104th exhibition.

In his artist statement for the show, Finkleman says:

“For the last 10 years I have been pursuing my vision of what photography is to me while photographing other photographers while they pursued the image of the day. The photographs in this exhibit reflect that decisive moment when I see a story – a story about photographers creating their own personal decisive moment. I am using my ability to tell a story to you, visually with my photographs … I think that an image is figurative in itself, so instead of writing with words I want to show you in pictures why I love photographers figuratively.”

The Photographer’s Moment is a creative collection of images of professional photographers at work and everyday people taking selfies with cell phones.

“This show features the action of photography, and the feeling of the moment when a photographer finds an exquisite sunset or captures the fun and celebration of a group selfie,” said Janice Purnell, YoloArts creative director.

The artist will attend the opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday April 1, coinciding with the downtown Woodland First Friday event. Music will be performed by The Jane Thompson Trio – musicians: Jane Thompson, John Spivack, Mike Bender – and light refreshments will be available. From 6:30-7 p.m. artist Finkleman will talk about the power of photography and how it has become a part of our daily lives. He will discuss his work, his passion for photographers, and the enchantment of “the photographer’s moment.”

The Photographer’s Moment runs through May 31 at Gallery 625, located at 625 Court Street in Woodland, in Yolo County’s Erwin Meier Administration building. The gallery is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gallery 625 hosts exhibitions and receptions every other month. New exhibitions typically open on the first Fridays of February, April, June, August, October, and December and is located at 625 Court Street in Woodland, in Yolo County’s Erwin Meier Administration building and is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Facemasks are recommended, but not required in the gallery.

Exhibition artwork is also available for online viewing, at

For more information contact YoloArts at

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