Final days: Successful Monuments of the City exhibit continues to April 13 in Indianapolis

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – February 15, 2016


Steve Polston,


  • Color film, medium-format (not digital)
  • Fine art photography
  • Exhibition and installation
  • 20th and 21st Century urban landscape influences

Master photographer Steve Polston announces his fine art photography exhibit Monuments of the City opens March 4, 2016 at Bona Thompson Center gallery

Fine art photographer Steve Polston counts the work of Eugène Atget, László Moholy-Nagy, Walker Evans, and even Lee Friedlander as inspirations for the fine art color photography series he will exhibit beginning March 4, 2016 at Bona Thompson Memorial Center.

Most photographers are challenged with adjusting the camera to correct for problems, but Polston embraced flatness, juxtaposition, reflection, rearrangement of spatial relationships, and the use of color for the work in this fine art photography exhibit.

Employing the artistic syntax of medium format cameras and color negative film, Monuments of the City resolves the challenges of photography by using a literal subject of historic architecture. Old building facades in Indianapolis and the region have been the artist’s chosen subjects for the past few years.

It’s no surprise to Steve Polston that making formally driven photographs of historic architecture became a studied passion and the subject of his inaugural fine art photography exhibit.

“I’ve been looking at old buildings since I was a little boy. My dad and mom and brothers were inside the historic structures, remodeling them and rehabbing old systems. I was really too young to be inside, so I often was in my grandma’s hands.

“Because I was near-sighted I stared a lot at the buildings. Nobody really knew I needed glasses, and I was an introvert. Now, big old clunky cameras help me see art in what I was looking at as a kid,” Polston said. “These photos are like intimate, but formal portraits.”

“I hope that my photographs will drive my viewers to have an experience of the photograph, to see the images as objects in a medium that communicates about art with a flat surface and a frame. There is both a mental level and a physical level,” Polston said.

The installation created by designer David Nickel will help communicate Polston’s viewpoint about the ways in which city dwellers encounter these old buildings during their commutes.

Nickel has contributed several designs and constructions to the Bona Thompson Center exhibition schedule, including The West Baden Angels, An Indiana Mystery (2012) and an exhibition of the work of the late photographic artist, Pamela Mougin (2015). Nickel is president of the Brown County Art Guild, Inc., and Creative Director / Conceptual Designer / Owner at 0.05design.

Steve Polston is a former senior editor of Outdoor Indiana magazine, and earned his master of fine art degree from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He studied journalism at Franklin College of Indiana.

Two events associated with Monuments of the City will enhance visitor appreciation of the fine art photography exhibit.

  • An opening reception – an opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. Friday March 4, 2016 to welcome visitors to the exhibit and the Bona Thompson Center; Steve Polston will speak briefly about his work at 6:30 p.m. in the galleries.
  • An historic preservation talk – Paul Diebold, of the Historic Preservation & Archaeology Division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will join Steve Polston at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, for a discussion about historic preservation.

Bona Thompson Memorial Center is on the campus of the original Butler University in the Irvington Historical District, at 5350 University Avenue, Indianapolis.


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