Annual photo salon now open for viewing

Signs for the 35th annual Pierce Photo Salon have been showing up all over campus, leaving students with one question: What is a photo salon?


The Pierce Photo Salon is a photo exhibit in Art 3301 that will showcase student work. The display will be open to the public from Feb. 21 to March 23 from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


The 29 photographs displayed on simple white canvases speak thousands of words.


In the past, the Associated Student Organization has sponsored the showcase, while students taking classes in the Media Arts Department have submitted their work.


Savannah Manios, 18, heard about the gallery from Professor Brian Peshek.


“I have class up here so our teacher [Peshek] is always telling us,” Manios said.


She stopped in front of a photo shot by student photographer Kristen Aslamian of a solder kissing his girlfriend, indicating that it was her favorite.


“They are all good,” Manios said.


Aslanian’s name and the title of the photograph will be on display Thursday, along with the names of the rest of the photographers, during the reception scheduled to start at 6 p.m.


Sam Poursaleh, currently a student at Moorpark Community College, is looking forward to the exhibit.


“My photo professor at Pierce asked each of his students if they would like to submit two of their best photos for extra credit, and judges would decide if any of them belong in the exhibit,” Poursaleh said.


He is waiting to see if his photos were chosen, because of the two photos he submitted, he “never got either of [them] back,” he said.


Nick Lawrence, currently studying marine biology at Pierce, has been shooting photographs for the last eight years.


He has never heard of the Photo Salon; however, he would be interested in submitting work if he can display them with a copyright label, he said.


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