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Photography show opens

Meghan Duda, a landscape and architectural photographer from Fargo, has work featured at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. A reception for the show will be held Friday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Meghan Duda, landscape and architectural photographer from Fargo, opened her show of color and black and white photographs at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Nov. 28. The show in New York Mills has two parts. "Rural Vernacular: Architecture in the Landscape" consists of silver halide color photographs of buildings in the landscape in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.

The second part of the show is composed of black and white silver prints of the hidden life of Fargo-hidden, that is, from the casual observer, but present in Duda's photographs.

Meghan will talk about her photographs and demonstrate her 4x5 view camera and medium format film camera at the reception for the show to be held on Friday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to this presentation at no charge, and refreshments will be served.

Meghan Duda is one of the few professional photographers who still enjoys photographing with film. This medium allows for extraordinary precision, contrast and detail that digital technology can not match.

She prefers working with tripod and large format camera, creating a way of looking that is different from working with smaller formats. The size of the camera creates a relation to the photographed object and this factor influences the photo. Each photo is therefore more carefully planned, making the outcome more beautiful in proportion and balance of the photo.

Meghan Duda is fascinated with two things, architecture and photography. She received a professional degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. She moved to North Dakota in 2007 and has specialized in architectural photography. Meghan received a finalist recognition twice in competitions presented by Photography's Forum Magazine and has been published three times.

She has exhibited her work three times, and has photographed in New York, New Mexico, California, Utah, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Italy.

Meghan Duda is currently working on projects photographing abandoned farmsteads, the vernacular, modern architecture, and the horizon. She also teaches photography at North Dakota State University in Fargo.