Fran Forman: The Rest Between Two Notes (with Katrin Eismann)

Thursday March 12: 7:30PM 8:30PM

Event Admission          Signed Copy, No Admission

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

By integrating contemporary photography with historical periods and settings around the world, Fran Forman creates a world of illusion. Upon closer inspection, elements of her work that appear ordinary suggest an underlying tension and an aura of mystery. A collection of more than 100 of Forman’s photo-paintings, The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected Works explores life’s liminal and in-between moments—coming and leaving; innocence and confidence; shadow and light; night and day; absence and connection; loss and longing; not quite the past and not yet the future. Portals, both real and metaphorical, frequent her layered, complex, and often dark, dreamlike images.

Forman, a photographic and mixed-media artist of international renown, is recognized for her strong, harmonious compositions and her explosive use of color, light, and shadow. Expressed in the diffused colors of twilight and chiaroscuro, her images blur the boundaries between photography, late Renaissance painting, and film noir. In the same way a cinematographer writes a narrative with movement and sound, Forman tells her story with still images, giving them power through their position and relationships to one another. These relationships speak loudly in her work, eliciting in the viewer emotions of desire, vulnerability, and a desperate longing for connection.

Join us on the 2nd floor to hear Fran Forman discuss her new book.

Fran Forman studied art and sociology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University and then received an MSW, working for several years with heroin addicts. She earned an MFA from Boston University in graphic design, but spent most of her grad school years experimenting in the darkroom. Her book, Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman, was published by Schiffer Books in 2014 and has won several prizes including a Best Photo-Book by Elizabeth Avedon. Her new book, The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected Work by Fran Forman, published by Unicorn and the recipient of several awards already. Fran is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and teaches workshops nationally and abroad. She is also a recipient of grants from the Sassower, Tyre, Tavris, and Puffin Foundations. She has been a Resident Artist at Holsnoy Kloster, Norway, The Studios of Key West, and the Vermont Studio Center.




Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, educator, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts. Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin has presented on or taught digital imaging in six continents…and is working on getting to Antarctica! Currently, she is committed to innovating worldwide photographic education in her position as Product Manager of Engagement at Adobe Systems. Katrin enjoys the three f’s – food, photography and golf…not necessarily in that order and often simultaneously!