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Melvin Hale (ArtistLA)



UCLA (University of California Los Angeles), 2014, PhD
UCLA (University of California Los Angeles), 2014, PhD

photo, street, digital, photography, realism, mixed-media, photorealism, colorizing

Artist Statement



 Melvin Hale, MLIS ArtistLA

I am a PhD Candidate in Information Studies at UCLA, expected graduation, Spring 2014

My dissertation is entitled:

Toward a Unified Theory of Visual Knowledge in Library and Information Studies:

A Test of the KBI Model Using Documentary Photographs


I call my digital paintings Artegraphs.  So, what are they?

Artegraphs are a fusion of art and artefacts (vintage documentary photographs). They are like time machines. They remind us of how the world looked "back then" only reimagined in color.

Being able to visualize an earlier scene in color, depending on how it's done, can make the past feel more real and less distant. The images I use are images that many people can relate to. It's called nostalgia, and we all seem to have it. We often surround ourselves with photos of family, friends and special places. I tend to use images from the onset of popular photography, an unflinching recorder of society and material culture: rare images, many deconstructed and reimagined from real photo postcards (RPPCs).

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