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Island University Hosts First Ever Cell Phone Photography Show

June 22, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Cell phone photography has been elevated to a fine art at the first ever Islander Cell Phone Photography Show. The show will be held in the downstairs exhibit space of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library from Thursday, July 7, through Friday, September 16. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Entry into the exhibit was open to all Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, faculty and staff. It drew in a whopping 94 cell phone photo entries.

“I am overly excited about the high participation of this event,” said Jeff Janko, Library Information Specialist. “Just a week before the deadline to submit entries, we only had about 50 people signed up, but in those final few days, photos came in fast and furious.”

The advantages of a camera phone are obvious – they are compact, cost effective, readily available and continue to improve in design each year.

“Cell phone photography has certainly become a viable tool for artists,” said Barbra Riley, Professor of Photography at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “There are books, competitions, and workshops all over the world on the topic and there are hundreds of apps to process and share these images.”

Janko says the library staff is excited to host new and innovative art shows in the library’s downstairs exhibit space.

“I can honestly say that I never considered a cell phone camera to be anything to take serious,” said Janko. “But then I saw the entries come in, and I was blown away. I’m officially amazed at what a cell phone camera can do. Cell phone cameras challenge people to become better photographers. The images in the show are impactful.”

Janko says that cell phone camera users rarely print their photos and he’s thrilled that the exhibit offers the opportunity for each participant to take home a printed copy of their image.

“The $5 entry fee paid for the printing of the 8x10 photo and the mat,” said Janko. “All they need is a frame.”

To preview the photos in the show, click here.

If you go:

Islander Cell Phone Photography Show
Mary and Jeff Bell Library
Thursday, July 7, through Friday, Sept. 16
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7, from 6-8 p.m.
Free and open to the public