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Steven Silberg '04 Wins Washington Post's Art Competition

Chloe Watson ’08 ’10 was also a finalist in the competition

Posted 10.27.10 by MICA Communications

Steve Silberg, Self Portrait

Foundation faculty member Steven Silberg ’04, a graduate from MICA’s M.F.A. in Photography & Digital Imaging program, was selected by popular vote as the winner of Washington Post’s Real Art D.C. Competition, a contest that features artists around the D.C. area. (Click here for the Washington Post article announcing the win, and here for the finalist profile the newspaper wrote.)

What really made Silberg stand out against his competition was his focus on images and technology. Through his work, he creates what he calls pixel lapse photography, which “combines the temporal nature of long exposure photography and the precise organization of the digital matrix,” he said. Silberg deconstructed the digital camera exposure that most people take for granted and recreated it to snap one pixel at a time, beginning in the upper left corner and working across and down. The results of these pictures have different moods, effects and types of kaleidoscope phenomena because of the nature of constant motion within organic materials; causing people to think about the digital world they live in and see the dimensions behind every pixel.

The competition was fierce, and Silberg won by less than 200 votes, but took 38 percent of votes overall. Chloe Watson ’08 ’10 was also a finalist in the competition (read more here; or the Washington Post article about her here).

For more information about both artists and the competition, visit www.washingtonpost.com/realartdc. Several other articles were written about Silberg after he was announced a finalist as well as after he won; The Catonsville Patch conducted an interesting interview with him, available here.

Photo caption: Steve Silberg, Self Portrait