January 31 – March 29, 2004
Dorothy Jenkins Gallery
The law firm of Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis, P.A. in Tampa owns one of the most impressive corporate collections of photography in the country. The Trenam, Kemker collection includes works by American artists who were alive in 1970, the year of the company’s founding. This exhibition examines nearly all of the major movements, techniques, and processes within photography during the twentieth century and includes work by Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, Sandy Skoglund, and James Van Der Zee among many others.
The Trenam, Kemker collection has great educational value. The photographers on display, numbering over 80, represent a virtual who’s who of American photography. However, the photographs have been collected based not on the photographer, but on the intrinsic value of each print. The collection includes silver prints, photogravures, dye transfer prints, photo-collages and montages, Polaroid prints, Cibachrome and Ektacolor prints, Hand-painted prints, and Platinum prints. Particular attention has been paid to acquiring works that reflect Florida in the 20th century. Artists including Mitch Epstein, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lewis W. Hine, Arthur Rothstein, and Joseph Janney Steinmetz have documented the unique qualities of the Sunshine State and are represented in the Trenam, Kemker collection.