With his signature light-box technique, photographer and retired University of Houston faculty member George Krause is best known for his ''Sfumato'' series of shots. In them, primary light comes from behind the subject, thus putting principal features in shadows and highlighting secondary facial features. Laura Rathe Fine Art will feature examples of this series and more in the retrospective ''A Night in Summer White.''
''His photography is nothing short of amazing. When you step in front of a George Krause photograph, you stop, you ponder, you look and you must look again,'' says Sarah Busch, Rathe's assistant director. ''You can see yourself standing there in the moment that he captures, whether it's a dark alley or a boy playing in a fountain. Truth resides in his photographs.''
Krause's ''sfumato'' is a technique from the Italian Renaissance, the term originally coined by Leonardo da Vinci. And for the photos that feature human models, Busch adds, ''Krause captures their inner selves and creates an environment of trust that is visible in their eyes and facial expressions.''
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Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 13. Continues through Aug. 17, 2013