In spring, 1999, photographer Dean Hanson spent two months in Paris using his camera as an eye. Some of the pictures he made, on the streets and in cafes, cemeteries and other public places, are receiving their first-time showing at the Center for the Humanities. A research chemist and electron microscopist, Hanson retired a year ago as director of Oregon State University's Central Analytical Laboratory. Since then he has made photography a full-time pursuit.
"Art has always been my first love," said Hanson, who began drawing and painting at age 3, and experimented with photography for the first time in high school. Largely because of his chemistry career, however, he did not take up photography seriously until the late 1980's, when he traveled to the South Seas to take pictures of landscapes and people.
Hanson's main subject since his retirement has been the female nude, which was the subject of his December show, "Images of Women," at the Triad Gallery in Seal Rock.
Also on exhibit at the Center are a collection of Chinese and Japanese prints from White Lotus Gallery in Eugene. The show includes several dozen pieces, including five 19th-century Osaka Theater prints. White Lotus Gallery, operated by Dick Easeley and Hue-Ping Lin, specializes in Asian art, much of which is obtained by Lin on extended trips to China and Japan.
The Center exhibits are free and open to the public weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.