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February 15, 2001

Photographer Ilse Spivek's Romantic Style on Display

Photographer Ilse Spivek, whose work is renowned for capturing everyday experiences in a romantic style, will exhibit her work at the California State University, Sacramento through Friday, March 16.

"I try to paint photos with light," says Spivek. "I try to capture the essence of a person - the personality and the physical attributes."

Spivek's exhibition, "People, Places and Things," is in the University Union Exhibit Lounge and includes photos taken in Paris, Tuscany, San Francisco and Napa Valley.

"I do a lot of outdoor photography or take photos in peoples' homes," says Spivek. "I like environments where people are more comfortable. I do not like the stiffness of a formal studio. I like a casual atmosphere where you can shoot people the way they really are. When I travel, I have found if I just let things happen, that will present a exciting challenge."

A working photographer for more then 50 years, Spivek has witnessed many changes in the picture-taking process.

"I have had to change styles over the years to go along with what is considered modern style," Spivek says. "Today everything has a more casual style, even wedding photographs."

Spivek, born in Berlin and educated in Germany and England, has been an adjunct photo instructor for CSUS since 1979. Her photos have been featured in many local publications and are included in permanent exhibits in Norfolk, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Spivek is president of the local League of Women Voters chapter, a board member of Soroptimists International and a docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

An artist reception will be held from 2 - 5 p.m., Sunday, March 4. The University Union Exhibit Lounge is open from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information about the exhibit call Spivek at (916) 922-1666. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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