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Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator , (510) 981-7533

UC Berkeley photography class seeks to capture essense of downtown, one frame at a time

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, January 13, 2009) - "Berkeley Without Shadow,"  an exhibition of  photographs that explore downtown Berkeley, will be shown at the Addison Street Windows Gallery January 20-February 27, 2009. The photographers are all members of a UC Berkeley photography class.

There will be a sidewalk opening reception on Friday, January 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., where limited edition books of the student work will be available to order. The exhibition is free, wheelchair accessible, and on view 24 hours a day.  The gallery is located at 2018 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA  94704.

In spring 2008, a class of 14 UC Berkeley students began a project to produce a photographic document of downtown Berkeley.  These students examined the current life of downtown Berkeley to learn how cities work and to make an historical record of how this eclectic city looks and feels.

The student photographers took camera lenses to a wide variety of views of Berkeley, capturing panoramic images of the downtown, people on bikes and buses, the streets at night, restaurants, jazz clubs, and portraits of Berkeley High School students. The unique viewpoints echo the range of the students' academic interests, including architecture, linguistics, history and mass communications.

This project is supported by the Downtown Berkeley Association and The Consortium for the Arts at UC Berkeley.  The student photographers are: John Viet, Patrici Flores, Aileen Zhao, Barton Ching, Aaron Liu, Justin Syren, So Rae Yoo, Salgu Wissmath, Chanel Leaf, Ivana Goldstein, Anna Hiatt, Michael Zhang, Lauren Wynveen, Unchung Na.

The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For information about the exhibition please contact For more information about Janet Delaney at www.janetdelaney.com.   For information about the Windows Gallery please contact the curator of the Addison Street Windows at (510) 981-7546, or Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533.


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