Roger Freeman, Judge
Roger Freeman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a graduate degree in Photography from the Institute of Design, Chicago.
He taught fine art photography at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, in Alfred, New York from 1977–2013. This included numerous summer sessions and a full semester at Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. Upon retirement he relocated to Ithaca.
All of Roger’s photography has been in a variety of series including a B&W project on Minor League Baseball. Fifty framed images and all negatives and contact sheets have be accepted into the archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
His projects can be seen on his website. Catalogs are available at MagCloud.com
The Judge's Statement
Thank you to the State of the Art Gallery for inviting me back to select works for awards from this year’s Juried Photography Show. Kudos to the photographers for the high quality of the work submitted and to the jury for the high standard of the images chosen. To those who had the task of hanging the show, it is generous and thoughtful. I felt I had easy access to all of the work.
My process was to walk through rather quickly a few times just to get a sense of the scope of the work and to be open to the variety. There are so many ways into photography. Armed with small pieces of tape I narrowed my attention to around 20 photographs that stood out to me and then “sifting and winnowing” led me to the awards.
Congratulations to all who are represented in this quality photography show.
I also want to acknowledge a few other photographers (from my group of 20) whose work I felt merited special attention to anyone visiting the show during its’ June run.