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José Betancourt

Associate Professor of Art, Photography

Biography

I consider music a large influence in my photographic style. Rhythm, time, silence and syncopation are all a part of my work. My studies in jazz improvisation in college along with the study of the documentary genre of modern photography have inspired me to continue a spontaneous style of taking photographs. Photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Andre Kertesz, and Robert Frank contributed to my interest and appealed to my sense for the spontaneous. The results were photographs about how we all relate to our environment both physically and psychologically. This later developed into more complex compositions of the juxtapositions of shapes, objects and people. These more graphic formal photographs became about environment and space which would become part of my half-frame camera panoramas.

The half-frame camera became an instrument that could allow me to establish a scene of consecutive frames to form a panorama. This technique facilitates my interest in the spontaneous happening and attempts to address the notions of time and space. When printing multiple frames, the viewer experiences a familiar scene but after further inspection notices the single images that form the altered panoramic view. This is especially true of the “Half-Seen” series where the locations are different between groups of three or four frames. These examples are more complex for me, the photographer, because there is a certain loss of control due to the in-camera editing.

To see more of my work, visit José Betancourt Photography.

Education

  • MFA Photography, Hunter College, City University
  • BA Photography, University of South Florida
  • Associate of Arts Degree - Music Education, Seminole Community College (State College)

Classes Taught



Honors and Awards

  • 2004 Grant Panelist, New York Department of Cultural Affairs
  • 2000 International Young Artist Program, Sotheby’s/Artlink Inc., New York
  • 1999 Somerville Art Prize, New York, New York
  • 1995 Individual Artist Grant, Art Services Council, Orlando, Florida
  • 1995 Nisod Award of Teaching Excellence, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1995 Orlando Museum of Art, Biennial Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention

Exhibitions

  • 2006 Motlow St. Community College, “Photographic Landscapes” II, Solo Exhibition, Lynchburg, Tennessee
  • 2006 University Art Gallery, Sewanee: University of the South, “Half-Seen” II, Solo Exhibition, Tennessee
  • 2005 Alabama A&M University, Faculty Exhibition, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2005 Watkins College of Art and Design, Faculty Exhibition, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2005 Secret Show Series, "Suspended" Photography Exhibit, Group Exhibition, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2005 Huntsville Arts Council Benefit and Exhibition, Alabama
  • 2003 Boston Academy of Arts, Group Exhibition, Massachusetts
  • 2003 Hudson River Museum, "Lost Houses of Yonkers", Commission and Exhibit, Yonkers, New York
  • 2002 ArtLink, "Men at Work", Group Exhibition, New York, New York
  • 2002 Jadite Galleries, "Connection", Group Exhibition, New York, New York
  • 2001 Jadite Galleries, "Photographic Landscapes", Solo Exhibition, New York
  • 2001 Blue Sky Gallery, "25 Years", Portland, Oregon
  • 2000 Wanas Annual Art Invitational, Video for Susan Weil’s "Configurations", Wanas, Sweden
  • 1997 Helsinki Subway System, Photographic Poster Collaboration with Adrianne Wortzel: "Metro Dreams", Finland
  • 1997 Seminole Community College, Seminole County Artists, Sanford, Florida
  • 1997 P.S. 122, Two person show, New York City
  • 1997 Photographic Images for Multimedia Installation, "Art at the Anchorage", The Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, New York
  • 1997 Anders Tornberg Gallery, Photographic Collaboration with Susan Weil: "Cup"
  • 1997 Photographic Images for Multimedia Installation, "Technoseduction", Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York
  • 1997 Orlando City Hall, Individual Artists' Grant Awards Exhibition
  • 1996 Orlando City Hall, Florida Photographers' Gallery, Solo Show
  • 1996 Orlando City Hall, Hispanic Artists of Central Florida
  • 1995 Orlando Museum of Art, Biennial Juried Exhibition
  • 1995 Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Invitational Print Portfolio, Tampa, Florida