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Over the last 28 years, Wendell Minshew has been visually exploring the natural and man-made elements of our world. “For me, photography is not about documenting what’s before us. It’s about emotion, feeling, reacting - seeing with the heart and soul as much as with the eyes. It is a very personal experience, and that is my reward. But when someone else reacts to my images…that brings a smile to my face.”
Wendell is best known for his finely crafted black and white photographs and his surreal, manipulated Polaroid images. “As a visual artist, I’ve been drawn to the abstraction - the stripping down of an image - that is presented with a monochromatic palette. In the mid-1990’s, Wendell became intrigued with the unique ways Polaroid instant color film could be used to present surreal color images and digital output methods that provided me color printing control. “These images were photographic in nature and chemistry, but lent themselves to endless artistic interpretation. Image transfers, image lifts, and manipulated SX-70 images became a playground for me; a place to be playful, spontaneous, and experimental, and a place to abandon the concept of realism.”
Wendell Minshew’s photographs has been shown in over 45 solo and group exhibits since 1984, including his show Left Brain I Right Brain at Viewpoint in 2005. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including Kaiser Permanente, Bechtel Corporation, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the Barton Memorial Hospital. Wendell’s historic photographs are also included in the permanent collection of the United States Library of Congress.
Minshew’s work is featured in the book Polaroid Manipulations: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating SX-70, Transfer and Digital Prints by Kathleen Thormod Carr, where he also acted as technical editor of the publication, and in the catalogs Left Brain | Right Brain and Along The Way.
Wendell has been a featured artist at the KVIE Channel 6 Art Auction in Sacramento for over 15 years, has receive numerous awards, and was selected for Best of Show in 2004 – the only photographer in the 28 year history of KVIE’s Art Auction to receive this high honor. Wendell’s work has also been shown regularly at the California Sate Fair, Fine Arts division where he has received several awards. Wendell has led workshops in a variety of subjects, including Polaroid SX-70 image manipulation, black-and-white printing, the Zone System, digital printing, and location photography throughout California, Nevada, and Utah.