Brandon’s “Power lifters” images on display at Augusta Savage Gallery

The work of filmmakers Liane Brandon, College of Education professor emeritus, and Holly Fisher is featured in an exhibition of film and photography entitled POWER/PLAY at the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, November 3-21. There will be an Opening Reception on November 3 from 5-7pm with the artists in attendance.

POWER/PLAY is an installation of film and photographic images that matches two veteran artists with widely differing sensibilities. From Liane Brandon’s documentation of women power lifters to Holly Fisher’s improvisatory visual essays, we enter the worlds of artists with tremendous vision and an impressive range of experiences.

Brandon, having recently joined a gym, became interested in the women power lifters who were training. Ranging in age from 27 to 60 years old, they seemed to defy all physical and cultural assumptions.  Brandon has created astounding images that convey the physical nature of the sport while evoking the spirit of these women.

Brandon will show her classic short film Betty Tells Her Story (1972), one of the first independent films that dealt with women’s body image, and contrast it with her current series of striking photographs of women power lifters.  She will also show examples of her wide-ranging still photography, which runs the gamut from wildlife, jazz musicians, artists and writers, to television productions including PBS’ American Experience, Nova, and American Masters - and tell the stories behind them.

Brandon’s careers include political activist, stunt woman, ski instructor and educator.  Her still photography credits include Murder at Harvard (PBS American Experience), Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman In America (PBS Nova), Unsolved Mysteries, The Powder & the Glory, and Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (PBS American Masters). Her photos have been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, New York Daily News and many other publications, as well as featured in gallery exhibits.

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