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BigView – fotoModesto

The BigView
By Chris Murphy

We all have these pictures in our head. What are the images that are really burned into your brain? Photographs are powerful. They can excite, please, anger, provoke and inspire. Many people react to different things and this month we turn the camera back on ourselves.

FotoModesto is going to blanket downtown Modesto in photographic imagery. This 23-location show will showcase over 50 photographers. But it doesn’t stop there. These photos are there to inspire the photographer in all of us. Maybe photography is an amazing Ansel Adams portrait of your dinner, a Salvador Dali inspired selfie. No matter what it means to you, we celebrate the images of our community and invite you to be part of this.

At ModestoView, we try to think of really cool ways to celebrate Modesto through art and photographs every day. Our covers have won awards in the way we celebrate our city, but there is an award winner in each of us. Your eye, your take, your view is so important. We are fortunate to have the talented Michael J Mangano to bring amazing ideas to life and his work will be featured in this show.

Our friend David Schroeder has captured images all over the world, some of my favorites are from Cuba, and his library of work inspired this project.

Legendary local photographers like Adrian Mendoza, Bill Harris, and David Shroeder will be showcased along with new up and coming talents. Many of you have watched as Adrian built his “11th St Story” showcase and David produced a beautiful show from Cuba and many of these images will be showcased. Aaron Draper has a new series that will really touch your soul. Their eyes have seen things that are beautiful, terrifying, inspiring and simply amazing.

In a world of selfies and cell phone cameras do the photographic arts still have a place at our visual table? Does fine art photography still exist, or has it been buried by the endless stream of instant gratification images that flood our social media? These, and similar questions, were the stimulus behind the creation of fotoMODESTO. David Schroeder, John Wynn, and Edward Mendes conjured up the idea of taking a look at the current state of photography, in all of its’ various forms, and presenting it in one grand event for your consideration.

So check out this amazing show this month that is hosted all across our downtown. Dig into your archives, your soul and your mind and see what images you can do and share in this smorgasbord of amazing imagery.

fotoModesto Opening Night
Mistlin Gallery – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
6:45 – 7:30 Panel Discussion “State of the Art of Photography
Slide show of all exhibits and artists
Catering by Dewz, Deva, Picasso, Ralston’s Goat, Concetta

A Celebration of the Photographic Arts
February 1 – 28, 2017
All over Downtown Modesto

Third Thursday Art Walk on February 16th
Most of the exhibiting venues will be open for your stroll and view.

Additional events and activities may also be scheduled at the individual locations. Please consult the attached list of venues for their hours of operation and special activities.

For additional information check the event calendar at or contact:
David Schroeder,<> or Edward Mendes,<>

Share Your Photographs on Instagram
ModestoView has one of the largest photo archives of the Modesto area and our Instagram is a living and breathing gallery built from your creations. With a simple #modestoview, your creations get shared with our friends. If you notice in each issue we search for #modestoview and put our readers photos in in RearView, share on Facebook and even share to the ModestoView Instagram. We are all artists, photographers and it is time to share your talents, and we will share you back. Join in on the fun. If we select your Instagram pic for the RearView, we will send you a ModestoView sticker and T-Shirt.

Underexposed by Aaron Draper “The goal of Underexposed is to make the homeless as visually appealing as possible in a society that is visually demanding”

“When it comes to social activism, you achieve greater public awareness by communicating hope as opposed to hopelessness”

“If I’m able to affect the way that one person views the homeless, I will have considered my series a success”


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The Art of Photography
Venues & Artists/Exhibitions

Mistlin Gallery Aaron Draper Underexposed exhibit & Medium is the Message
Chartreuse Muse Vicki Strickland
Modspot (Peer Recovery) Philip Johnson, Ashley Tacheira, Martin Baker
McHenry Museum Photo Collective
Picasso Bill Harris
Modesto Jr. College First Exposure (11 Female Photographers)
Deva Cafe Digital Arts (Anna Barber, Sam Shaw, Michael Mangano)
Barkin Dog Kevin Phal
Slaters Furniture Ed Mendes
Preservation Coffee John Wynn
Crow Trading Jennifer Williams and Raymond Jabola
Library Modesto Camera Club
Candy’s Travel David Schroeder
Stanislaus Schools Student Photography
Gallo Center Performing Arts Group Show
Sierra Vista Dan Souza
Ralston’s Goat Noah Wilson
Concetta’s Jon Sousa
Dewz Jeremy Center
Intrinsic Elements Rebecca Harvey
10th Street Place Wildlife Show Group Show
Langlois Music Landscapes by Mark Peters, Dennis Wister & Gary Hunter



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.