News and Updates

The Passing of Nathan Lyons September 08 2016, 0 Comments

"We at Lumiere Photo are deeply saddened by the passing of Nathan Lyons.  Nathan was a tireless supporter of the photographic community in Rochester as well as around the world.  It is impossible to describe the full extent of his teaching, photographs, writing, curating and mentoring to many people within the photographic community, including my-self.

 I have known Nathan throughout every stage of my involvement with the medium of photography: student at the Visual Studies Workshop, photographer, business involvements with photography, board member and chairman at the Visual Studies Workshop and most importantly friend.  He was and will continue to be my mentor in all aspects of my photographic life. 

Vicki Goldberg was quoted in the New York Times obituary from an article she wrote about Nathan in 2000.  Making reference to Nathan’s photographic style, she noted he created sequences of images often presented as diptychs, “little apercus of offbeat moments that, when sequenced, add up to more than the sum of their parts.”  This perhaps, is a metaphor which describes the many aspects of Nathan’s life and the legacy he leaves behind.  

What it doesn't describe however, is the love all who knew him hold in their hearts for a man who so quietly brought to so many the tools for deciphering a greater understanding of the world we live in.  He will be greatly missed."

-Bill Edwards

diptych -- an exhibition by Nigel Maister August 30 2016, 0 Comments








Artist and photography collector, Nigel Maister, brings diptych—a two-part exhibition—to Gallery Q, Lumiere Photo Gallery, and the passageway linking them. From his extensive collection of vernacular and fine-art photography, Maister has chosen images dating from the 1850’s to the 1980’s that explore and challenge views of same-sex affection, idealized notions of the body, of beauty, and of intimacy.

Maister’s original photographic work forms the second part of the exhibition. Building on his love of snapshots, Maister’s series tight. word. lit. uses appropriated snapshots from the ’80s and ‘90s to create diptychs where juxtaposed images evoke speculative conjunctions and implied narratives. Startling combinations of photographic artifacts placed in dialogue with each other invite the viewer to forge connections and create visual stories that are compelling, mysterious and durable.

Please join us for the opening celebration Friday, September 2, 6:00 - 9:00pm. For questions or more show information please call, 585-461-4447.

10 Things I Learned in Photo School August 26 2016, 0 Comments

In lieu of classes starting again this week, I know so many art and photo students are already brainstorming and having to begin their class assignments. It’s fun, but also creates a lot of pressure along with the other 10 thousand things students have to do (register for classes, figure out text books, catch up with friends, buy toilet paper, etc.)

I made a list of the top 10 things I learned while I was in photo school. For the new students, I hope this helps. Good luck!

  1. First and most importantly; take care of yourself first. Health is more important than any grade.
  2. Become friends with your professors; they have a lot of knowledge, experience, and connections.
  3. Learn all of the cool technology but also take chances not relying on it. After you graduate, you’ll need to know how to work without the fancy gadgets that are too expensive.
  4. Think outside the box; you’re an art student; it’s your job.
  5. Expose yourself to the rest of campus; join new clubs, meet different people, your work is important but so is getting out and exploring.
  6. Minor in something you’re interested in that could help your career. The non-major requirements might be pretty boring but if you can find something that relates to what you want to do, you can tackle it with a totally different approach.
  7. Take advantage of student discounts at craft stores, print shops, and other stores; it all adds up.
  8. Learn more than your art. You’ll need to know how to network, negotiate, market yourself, manage money, price your art, and so much more. Artists are entrepreneurs more than anything.
  9. Do internships! You’ll need a job someday….
  10. Work your butt off. College isn’t easy, but it’s fun, and stressful, and an adventure you’ll only get once.

Image City Photography Gallery’s Portfolio Showcase 2016 August 05 2016, 0 Comments

Lumiere Photo is proud to be a sponsor for the Image City Photography Gallery’s Portfolio Showcase 2016, from August 9th to September 4th 2016.

Congratulations to the following photographers that will be featured in the show:

Stephanie Albanese
Amanda Bellucco Chatham
Steve Malloy Desormeaux
Boris Keller
Alexandra Latypova
Nancy Ridenour
David Soderlund
Ed Stone

The featured portfolios range from complicated landscapes to beautifully lit still lifes, and it is sure to be a beautiful show. Please join us at the opening reception and award ceremony Friday August 12th from 5:00-8:30pm where Lumiere Photo will be giving awards to selected photographers.

Let's Talk Glass July 29 2016, 0 Comments

When you go into a frame shop, glass is about the last thing that you’ll be thinking of because there are so many more exciting choices to make. Glass is actually an important decision. Don’t worry though, Pat will be able to help figure out which will make your artwork look its best.

There are two main things that you’ll have to consider: Does the sun or any florescent lights shine directly on the piece, and will the frame be placed in an area that might have glare.

Regular glass protects your art from dust, fingerprints, moisture, and other things that could ruin your artwork over time.

Conservation controlled glass protects against 90% of ultraviolet light as well as the regular dust and damage. UV light can cause colors to fade or change. If your piece is near a window or has any florescent lights shining on it, it is a good idea to have it behind this type of protectant.

If you think the piece might have reflections on it, it is a good idea to get a reflection-control glass. Even though it costs a little bit more than regular glass, you want to be able to see the piece of art to enjoy it, and not be able to comb your hair in the reflection.

Have both of these problems? Conservation Control glass does both! There are also other protectants you could use like museum glass, (which is crystal clear, uv protectant, non-reflective, and very expensive) or plexi glass (which is ideal for a child’s room because it won’t shatter if it breaks).

There are surprisingly all kinds of options, but have no fear Pat can guide you to the kind of glass that will make you art look great and not go over budget.

The Importance of Color Management July 20 2016, 0 Comments

Why should I calibrate? It looks great on the computer after it is edited but have you ever noticed how your piece looks different on other computers or the colors change when you print? That is because every device (camera, scanner, desktop, tablet, printer, etc.) has a different color space. In order to keep the colors true to your piece, you need to have a color management system in place.

Here at Lumiere Photo, we use the Colormunki Photo, and love it. It comes with a calibration device that will calibrate your monitor, and printer. It also comes with a ColorChecker classic. The device is a simple setup and guides you along the whole calibration process until your printer and monitor are accurate colors that would match any other calibrated device. 

Sounds great right? The reason that many artists don’t use it is because it’s a bit expensive. So what to do? Buy an X-Rite ColorChecker. The ColorChecker is an inexpensive card with calibrated color squares on it. To use it, hold it in one of your shots so you have an image of it. Then when you edit later in Photoshop take your eyedropper tool and select the white, middle grey, and black from the card to make your image have a true white balance. 

When I was a student at RIT, I heard “did you use your ColorChecker?” so often in group critiques. It really makes a difference to have truly, accurate colors. Having a color management system, even one as simple as a ColorChecker, takes out all of the guess work and will leave your image as beautiful as when you shot it.

In Honor of a Dear Friend July 07 2016, 0 Comments


"Dave Heath, a good friend of mine and Lumiere Photo passed away on June 27th, his birthday. He was 85. I remember meeting Dave in the late 70’s when we discussed and later became the distributor of his book, “A Dialogue With Solitude”. His book always represented to me a quiet strength and purpose of being that help guide my inner dialogue through the maze of my photographic carrier choices.   He was a gentle man whose wisdom touched many hearts and minds. He will be greatly missed. Adieu." - Bill Edwards

Stitch In Time ... Contemporary Fiber Art April 29 2016, 0 Comments


Stitch In Time ... Contemporary Fiber Art celebrates the fiber art of long time customer and artist Ginger Kirtland. From landscape to abstract Ginger explored two dimensional art with her own unique touch. Pulling inspiration from traditional elements of painting and drawing, she masterfully wove. Although each image is two dimensional the layering of threads adds a great deal of depth. 

Ginger has come to Lumiere for her framing for over a decade, and we have had the pleasure of getting to know her. It has always been a treat to see her work, and to have the chance to frame it. Ginger's work is all about color, and she was never afraid to compliment it with her framing. Sadly with plans for a show still in the works she passed away. She was as beautiful a person as an artist, and we would like to share her art with you. Please join us for a celebration of her work on First Friday May 6th from 5 to 8pm. The show will be up from May 6th through June 30th. 

The Square Show: Opening Reception March 4th February 11 2016, 0 Comments

Square images carry a great deal of history. Since Rollei introduced the first square format camera in 1929, through Hasselblads and Holgas, and now Instagram there have been some truly iconic square images. In this show, the makers at Lumiere Photo offer their interpretation of the square format. While each artist has their own process and aesthetic, they all showcase the beauty and simplicity of the square composition.

For all those who have been curious about the art we, the employees, make... this is the show for you. Patrick J. Cain, Elizabeth Schrader King & Michael Darcy will have square photographs on display February 19th - April 29th, and we hope you will join us for an Opening Reception First Friday March 4th from 5-8pm. 


Jay Pullman: Paintings October 21 2015, 0 Comments

We are excited to announce that we will be back on the First Friday schedule starting in November. Jay Pullman will have a series of paintings on display. An opening reception will be held First Friday Nov. 6th, from 6 to 9pm, and the show will be up through Saturday Nov. 28th.

After teaching English in high school and state college for 38 years, Jay moved to Arkport, NY and did what he always wanted to do: he became a painter. Jay works mostly in oils, typically for three to six hours a day, alternating between landscapes, still lifes, and portraits to stay sharp. In Jay’s words “I don’t know how much I’ve improved over the nine years I’ve been working at it, but I hope I never lose the ability to surprise myself.”

We are honored that our long time client, Jay, is kicking off the first exhibit in our new space. He has continued to surprise us over the years, and we can't wait to share the joy of his paintings with you.