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Fleisher From a Distance: Experimental Photography

Fleisher teaching artist Ahmed Salvador has been collaborating with artist Scott McMahon on a fascinating photography project for over a decade. The artists live in different states and mostly collaborate through the good old-fashioned postal service. They send each other pieces of film and photographic paper, exposing them in some fashion over time and distance. The work also involves the destruction of the film and paper as an elegy for the fading art of traditional wet process photography. Destruction specifically by burning or puncturing the film or paper. Join us in conversation with these two accomplished photographers as we talk about their work, the joys and challenges of collaborating, and the state of analog photography today.

Ahmed Salvador received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and his BFA from The University of the Arts. He is currently an exhibitions coordinator at the Philadelphia International Airport’s Art and Exhibitions Program and a photography instructor at Fleisher Art Memorial. Ahmed has shown his work in various solo and collaborative shows, namely at the Halide Project, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Space 1026, and the Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, at Columbia College’s Hardwick Gallery in Columbia, MO, and at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.

Scott McMahon grew up in Connecticut and now resides in Columbia Missouri where he is an Associate Professor of Art at Columbia College. He received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and his BFA from The University of the Arts.

This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 but is limited to a maximum number of 100 participants. Advanced registration is required. The event will be hosted through Zoom, which can be accessed on desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile devices. We highly recommend downloading the Zoom app to your device in advance. You will receive a URL to join the event after you complete the registration process.