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December 14, 2017

Local photo exhibit focuses on Michael Jordan's legacy

Winners of the annual contemporary photography competition have been chosen

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Michael Jordan exhibit at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Mark Jayson Quines/"Boy w/ J's"

A photo by Mark Jayson Quines in the 2017 Contemporary Photography Exhibition.

Christine Elfman and Mark Jayson Quines, chosen from 176 submissions from across the country, are this year's winners of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center's annual contemporary photography competition.

Their coexisting solo exhibits will be on display through Saturday, Feb. 17.

Quines' work highlights the legacy of sports icon Michael Jordan.

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His photos show the many cultural facets through which the icon’s legacy is magnified – trading cards, clothing, branded arcade games and the significance of owning a pair of Air Jordans.

In Elfman's exhibit, she questions the permanence of photography as an art form. Her work suggests photos are incapable of ever truly recording a subject or memory as it was.

“[Elfman and Quines] represent two very different perspectives as to what contemporary photography can be. Though the two artists’ series are worlds apart stylistically, they are each speaking to photography’s ability, or inability, to preserve ideas, memories and legacies,” said chief executive officer and artistic director Sarah Stolfa.

The exhibits are open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2017 Contemporary Photography Exhibition

Thursday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 17
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Free
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American St.