Black & White Portfolio

Gallery House, a 61-year-old artist cooperative gallery, is excited to announce a new exhibit, Black and White Portfolios, showing the work of fine-art photographers Judy Kramer, Dan McLean, and Steven Shpall.

The show will run August 20 to September 13, and a reception will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2–4 PM. The public is invited, free of charge.

The philosophy underlying the exhibit is the fact that black and white photography allows the artist to showcase the bare bones of composition–lines, textures, shapes, focus, and light–without the intrusion of color. It is also a traditional photographic medium, as for many years, black and white was the only way photographs could be printed.

Each artist will show how the medium plays out with different subjects. Steve Shpall will feature portraits, Dan McLean macro and other subjects, and Judy Kramer landscapes.


Judy is a local nature photographer and began her serious digital imagery work in 2005. She enjoys black and white landscape photography because of its emphasis on textures, lines, shapes, and patterns. Clouds are especially appealing. A past co-president of the Palo Alto Camera Club, she has shared her photographs through local exhibits in places like the Pacific Art League, Filoli, and the Los Altos Library; in books like Room to Breathe and California Native Gardening: A Month-to-Month Guide; and in publications of nonprofit organizations, including Peninsula Open Space Trust, Environmental Volunteers, California Native Plant Society, and North American Nature Photography Association.


Why do I photograph? Because I see what needs to be photographed. That is not a statement of conceit but an homage to the masters. Photography is about seeing, whether you “still yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence” (Minor White) or recognize “in the fraction of a second, the significance of an event” (Henri Cartier-Bresson). Whatever the circumstance, my intent is to capture an image that will transmit to the viewer my response to the subject. I strive to respond to the world around me whether I am in a city full of people or
solitary on a mountain.


Steven Shpall has been taking photos and working in a darkroom since high school. However only in the last decade with the advent of modern digital cameras and Photoshop has he started creating images. His inspiration often start with a random conversation. Words turn into images and ideas evolve. He'll start with a photograph, and then add or move elements to achieve the final image. In altering every day objects to create a more abstract or surreal scene.This current show is a quite a deviation from his other work. In the current show he is featuring black and white portraits from his travels.