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Over the past few years, the iPhone has become a de facto camera for many people, from professional photographers to the average person looking for a point-and-shoot. Over that time, the phone as a photography tool has lost a lot of its kitsch value. And with the new show iPhoneography, Siobhan Keleher sets out to demonstrate that it's not the quality of the camera that really matters.

"It's photography of my life, the people and the world as I see it," says Keleher. "The iPhone is convenient and spontaneous. You can't choose focus and I don't crop; it has to be right the first time." But despite the camera's technical limitations, many of these photos are more about framing than anything else. And Keleher doesn't use post-production techniques to juice them up: If they don't come out right the first time, that's it -- it's like a Polaroid shot.

But most of the time they come out very right. Keleher's show, which opens at 5 p.m. tonight and runs through December 31, is based on her Best of Show submission to last year's Denver Plein Arts Festival; the prize was a solo turn at the Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock Street. Admission is free; for more information, visit or call 303-620-4933.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 4. Continues through Dec. 31, 2011


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