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Nature reigns

Nature is the order of the day during the holiday season at Nina Freudenheim Gallery (140 North St.), which presents an exhibition of photographs curated by famed Buffalo photographer and former Rochester Institute of Technology professor John Pfahl.

The exhibition, titled "Natura," contains work from Pfahl's former students Alida Fish, Jeannie Pearce, Paul Lange and Stuart Rome. Pfahl, whose own often nature-based work is in the collection of several major museums, taught at RIT for almost 20 years. The four students in this show have all had varied and successful careers as photographers, doubtless owing to Pfahl's influence.

Fish, now a professor at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, will show large photographs of snake, bird and fish specimens from museum collections. Fish's colleague Pearce uses a telescope and digital camera to capture more traditional nature scenes (as above). Lange, a former fashion photographer, now concentrates on what he calls "flower portraits"; Rome, a professor at Drexel University, creates sweeping black-and-white prints of nature scenes and vegetation.

The show opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday and runs through Jan. 15. For more information, visit or call 882-5777.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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