After the Fact
an exhibition of Still Photographs
in Black and White and Color
at the Carpenter Center
March 17 through April 8
Previews of this show, opening Thursday from 5-7 p.m. promise that it contains the most exciting photographs to have been shown at Harvard in a long time. Mitch Epstein, Thomas Germano, Len Jenstel, Leo Rubinfein and David Wing are young (under 30) but precociously talented artists who won't be unknowns much longer, judging by the genius of their work. Using a camera of their own invention, they have gone searching for the facts of existence with a vision that intensifies that existence. Masters of the photographic medium, the five possess perceptions that can take what appear to be simple realities and transform them into something more. Surrealism, superealism--these seem unsatisfactory and overly categorical terms to name such magic. No words can really capture this show--only seeing it.