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"A Softer World"
Black and white photograph by Julia Kurz
2007 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award Winner

Award-Winning Photo

Photo of the Artist Julia Kurz says that she and her friends like to think of themselves " urban pirates -- but we're not that cool." They expand their horizons by making excursions to a variety of urban destinations in the Rochester area, and Julia always carries her camera. You're likely to find her pirate crew at A|V (an art and performance space at the Public Market) or at a Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad concert.

One of Julia's excursions produced the image that earned her the 2007 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award. Titled "A Softer World," the image features Julia's best friend Molly, caught during a contemplative moment in Mount Hope Cemetery. "I had just shared something very personal with her, and I had never seen her look softer than she did at that moment. She seemed truly at peace in the cemetery."

Julia left her Photo I experience at BHS without a keen desire to learn more about photography, but was persuaded to try Photo II by a friend. "I never stopped taking pictures after Photo II. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories..." and capturing the moment in a photo.

Following her passion, Julia took a Photojournalism class from Will Yurman, a wonderful photographer for the Democrat & Chronicle, but she remains most passionate about one-on-one portraiture. She also experimented with a summer course in filmmaking at Ithaca College, which gave her a chance to taste college life and work side-by-side with college students, but she found filmmaking "so much harder than I thought it would be."

This fall, Julia is off to Emerson College in Boston, the ultimate port for urban pirates. She plans to major in Marketing and minor in Photography "...which ties in with everything. I might take this towards music management, not advertising. We'll see." Expect the voyage to be exceptionally cool!

story by Jim Kane

June 19, 2007

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