New York

“Four Photographers”

Bertha Urdang Gallery

Two of the “Four Photographers” at Bertha Urdang deserve at least a mention, even an honorable mention. They are Barbara Sonneborn and Sherie Scheer, both of whom toy with the photographer’s illusion of reality the way a cat toys with a mouse.

Sonneborn’s large color-prints do so by a calculated pairing and balancing of visual effects in what seems to be a casually arranged scene. Next to the matte blue walls and the motion-blur of an oscillating fan blowing a diaphanous curtain, the sharp, precise shadow that a ladder casts on white paper becomes so intense that it detaches itself from the scene. In a way these aren’t photographs at all, but sculptures that have to be seen from the camera’s special point of view to be appreciated. The layering, curving and placing of the sheets of paper is particularly deft and mysterious. It makes some pictures take on the appearance almost of photograms.

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