Ten shows to see during Month of Photography

Lucas Foglia, "Rewilding."
Lucas Foglia, "Rewilding."

This year's version of Month of Photography is not going to be typecast, no way. The very breadth of the 2013 citywide photography showcase is astonishing and diverse, viewing photographic media from every perspective: In black-and-white and color, super-real and fantastically altered, analog and digital, projected, and cut up and put back together in collages, as demonstrated in works by camera nuts from around the world and right next door.

Even MoP maven Mark Sink, who says MoP has tripled in size since its last incarnation in 2011, had a hard time narrowing the local shows popping up all month along the Front Range to just ten. But we tried, anyway, though we're cheating a bit by including some additional MoP story links below (and there's even more at MoP 2013 online). After that, we serve up our high-profile top ten, in no particular order. Read on.

See also: -PHOS: Light Today at the New Colorado Photographic Arts Center Gallery - Traveling Route 40: Celebrating the Character of Colfax Avenue - Abecedarian Gallery showcases photographic artists' books for Month of Photography 2013

Lucas Foglia, "Rewilding."
Lucas Foglia, "Rewilding."

Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order, MCA Denver March 8-April 7, 2013 Opening night celebration, March 15, 6-9 p.m. members, 8-10 p.m. public

Curated by Mark Sink, this show celebrates images shot during Foglia's travels though the Southeast, focusing in particular on people living independent lifestyles on the edge of society. MCA also gave over space to a MoP collage show by Denver artist Mario Zoots, and even its elevator will display Pablo Gimenez Zapiola's Transitions in Life, an animated video work. We all have our ups and downs.

Rebecca Martinez, "Held Over."
Rebecca Martinez, "Held Over."

The Reality of Fiction, RedLine Gallery March 8-April 28, 2013 Opening celebration, March 8, 6-10 p.m.

This exhibition, another offering from curator Sink, is both international in scope and a study on the trickery of photography. Humor, fakery, social comment and elaborate staging all figure into the group survey, which includes everything from Joe Clower's Polaroids of UFOs (how DID he do that?) and Michael Ensminger's staged "nature boy" re-creations to Emily Peacock's Diane Arbus tributes and the fake baby shots of Rebecca Martinez. Not to miss, it's a MoP centerpiece, and while you're at RedLine, you can even check out street art wheat-pasted on the walls outside (see below).

The Big Picture, in progress.
The Big Picture, in progress.

The Big Picture, at locations throughout the metro area March 1-30, 2013

This is the second run for Big Picture, which debuted surreptitiously, all over town, in 2011. Part of an international exchange of mural-sized, Xeroxed, wheat-pasted street-art images slapped up on walls indoors and out, the show isn't confined to any one gallery space. The real fun is in finding its traces -- in alleyways and gallery exteriors and hipster havens. For now, the images can be seen at RedLine, the Buffalo Exchange on Broadway, City, O'City, the Denver Performing Arts Complex and other secret spots; keep watching the website or check out the Big Picture's Facebook page for additional information.

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