KEN ROSENTHAL

What do we actually remember from our childhood? After time erases the hazy, icky stuff, nostalgia sets in. One huge influence on the random things I do recall comes from family snapshots. Yet it can be hard to sort out what's a memory from what's a distorted recollection of a specific photograph. Ken Rosenthal is very aware of these games our brains play. In his exhibit "Seen and Not Seen," the Tucson-based photographer toys with issues of memory, nostalgia, dreams, and the tendency of the mind to half create and half perceive (to mangle an observation of Wordsworth's). Drawing upon his own photographs and an archive of family snapshots, Rosenthal crops and blurs images into a sort of liquid haze. That's simple enough these days with PhotoShop, but Rosenthal does it the old-fashioned, analog way: in the darkroom using selective toning and bleach. The results are strangely silent but still potent with storiessome no doubt real, and others imagined. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 8. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Ends Sat. Nov. 29. ANDREW ENGELSON

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