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News Release

Doubles Photographs by Marthe Lawrence,
Recipient of the Danny Taran Creative Photography Award

May 2 15, 2005

Montreal, April 26, 2005 The Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts presents Doubles, an exhibition of recent photographs by Marthe Lawrence, the 2004-2005 winner of the Danny Taran Creative Photography Award. The exhibition will run May 2 15, 2005 at the Saidye Bronfman Centre's Espace Deux.

A communications professional and occasional photographer for some twenty years, Marthe Lawrence began a concerted involvement with the photography art form two years ago, commencing formal studies at the School of Fine Arts in 2003.

"My creative interest lies in fragments, details and bits and pieces of existence, and I make up combinations of images to compose mini-tales whose tenderness is palpable. It all begins with the decision to stop at a specific moment in time, to engage oneself with a person or an object; and with this comes the pleasure of looking, finding the theme and the lighting, profiting from circumstantial occurrences, anticipating what form an image will take, imagining from the outset different combinations, and ultimately imparting a personal visual conception to reality. Photography is an exercise in observation that lays the foundation of an incredible esthetic experience."

The Danny Taran Prize is awarded annually to an upcoming artist. The recipient receives a year's training at the Saidye Bronfman School and participates in a mentoring program. Marthe Lawrence worked under the guidance of Nathalie Gosselin, an instructor at the Saidye Bronfman Centre and, until January 2005, the Coordinator of the Photography Department.

Danny Taran prizewinners donate a work to add to the permanent art collection of the School of Fine Arts