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Five First Friday photography fetes

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Tonight's First Friday? It's off the clock. Galleries all over town are spilling over with shows worth celebrating in Denver Arts Week style. But it also marks what might be the best collection of photography shows and events to come out at once since last March's Month of Photography marathon. All the better for you, in the event that you're planning to be out and about for Denver Arts Week's Know Your Arts First Friday blowout. Here are few worthwhile stops for the photo-savvy.

RuiNation: The Rust-Belt Remains, new photographs by Jeff and Joshua Ball, Sellars Project Space.

In 2010, the Ball brothers, who grew up in blue-collar Toledo, Ohio (Jeff lives in Denver; Joshua still lives in Ohio), examined the Rust Belt of the Midwest and saw the ruins of the Industrial Revolution crumbling all around them in the abandoned factories and dying towns where manufacturing once thrived, supporting the entire infrastructure of many working cities - cities like Toledo. And then they set out to record the strangely beautiful images of factories in disrepair. RuiNation is the culmination of that project, in all its crumbling, rusted glory; check it out during tonight's reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Works will be priced from an affordable $25 and up; RuiNation continues through November 30. Check out the video preview:

Situating Robert Adams, group show, New Colorado Photographic Arts Center

In tandem with the Robert Adams retrospective now on view at the Denver Art Museum, CPAC's Rupert Jenkins curated this show featuring works by contemporary photographers influenced by Adams. It's a keeper. The reception is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., or see it it through December 17. Norman Broomhall, DesignHaus Denver. Broomhall's work takes a lush and startling look at inner and outer life, creating a shared personal diary of thought and sensation. It's pretty stunning; take a look tonight during the reception from 6 to 11 p.m.

Quinn Jacobson, artificial light demos, Studio Q / Quinn Jacobson Photography.

Jacobson, whose specialty is large-scale Wet Plate Collodion imaging and other resurrected precursors to modern photography techniques, will be giving demos tonight at his studio; come back next Saturday night (during RiNo's Second Saturday alternative art crawl) and you'll be treated do a full Wet Plate Collodion demonstration using his huge 20"X21" camera, otherwise known as the Mighty Quinn. That's a very cool thing you don't see every day.

Siobhan Keleher: iPhoneography, Byers-Evans House Gallery.

Keleher takes a mundane act - taking a photo with a phone - and raises it to a highbrow level in this show in the galleries of the Byers-Evans House Museum, which opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. It's an interesting look at how the art of photography has infiltrated our daily existence; also interesting is how Keleher got there in the first place: The solo show was her prize for a winning entry in last year's Denver Plein Air Arts Festival.

And one more for for good measure:

Fresh Art | Fresh Artists, Fresh Art Studios, Studios A-G, 900 Santa Fe Drive.

During the usual crazy art walk on Santa Fe Drive, this group of artists are banding together to showcase a myriad of artwork right in their studios, which are located behind the Core New Art Space gallery. But perhaps by chance or folly, the group - Terri Bell, Anthony Camera, Michael Beneventi, Sarah Haney and Maggie Lawless and others - includes a few notable photographers. Bell will be showing her photographic collage Metaworks, Camera (yes, Camera) has large-scale photographic prints and Haney will display prints from her very funny Barbie series. Check them out from 6 to 10 p.m.

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