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BERT MYERS

Dr. Bert Myers is a now retired academic physician (Professor of Surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center) who has long had a serious interest in photography as a fine art medium.

 

Bert Myers has an impressive education in traditional photography methods. As early as 1951, Myers worked with Eugene Delacroix, a New Orleans based photographer who was considered a master of light and composition, and who specialized in soft-focus images. In 1971, Myers traveled to California to study with Ansel Adams, a pre-eminent black and white photographer. Myers had the opportunity to work side by side with Ansel Adams, in one of the last classes that the master photographer himself taught. Additionally, Myers has studied with Michael A. Smith, of Ottsville, Pennsylvania, a master of large-format photography.

But it was in the early 1970’s that Dr. Myers truly visualized the vast capabilities of photography. During the course of research one day, Dr. Myers was intrigued by the nature of the micro-angiogram of a sutured wound. He mused that it appeared rather abstract in presentation. As a result of this incident, he became fascinated with the effects of x-ray technology upon everyday objects.

Bert Myers held his first solo exhibition of his photography work in 1976 at the Gallery Studio 8 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The images that Myers was producing at that time were mostly scenics, in the Ansel Adams tradition.

Shortly thereafter, Myers pursued experimentation with using x-ray as an art medium, developing the technique of taking radiographs of shells, flowers and other objects and making black and white positive prints. Although the technique is not original, Myers admits, it is quite difficult and not widely utilized by fine art photographers. Myers has written articles in various publications and taught photography to others interested in the medium, sharing his knowledge and expertise for many years. Since 1986, Myers has been using Cibachrome and computer techniques to make radiographic images in color, including montages of straight photo images with x-rays.

 

It was also during this time that Dr. Myers became fascinated with the use of holograms. After studying with noted professionals in the field, Myers started the Holography Research Laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He pursued the use of holography in medicine, particularly in education. He developed techniques of making 3D images of bones, medical models, and human tissue which had been preserved by plastination. Exhibitions of this work were presented in galleries in Scotland, Hungary, and the United States.

 

His goal was to create and publish a medical text illustrated with holograms for educational purposes. Unfortunately, the field of educational medical holography did not progress as a result of the extreme difficulty of creating and reproducing images, and the need for special lighting in which to view the works. As a result, Dr. Myers turned his attention back to x-ray photography and to the use of digital technology to make color prints of x-ray images.

In 2002, Myers published a book, Festival of Fins 2000, which contained color photographs of the 208 fish sculptures made for public art display in New Orleans.

 

Bert Myers continues his photographic work with exploration of the medium and new projects. It is in this arena that he continues to create photographs in his studio, producing images of great beauty which reveal the simple elegance of forms unseen by the naked eye.

 

EXHIBITIONS

1976

Gallery Studio 8, New Orleans, Louisiana

1979

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

1980

Sandra Zahn Oreck Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

1981

Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

1982

New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans, Louisiana

1983

Hand Gallery, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

1986

Peggy Ericksen Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California

1987

Galerie Intercontinental, Intercontinental Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

1988

New Orleans Photography Biennial, New Orleans, Louisiana

1990

Galerie Intercontinental, Intercontinental Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

1991

Academy Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana (hologram display)

1991

Museum of Holography, New York, New York (hologram display)

1991

Community Council for the Arts, Kinston, North Carolina

1992

Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons, New Orleans, LA

1993

European Society of Surgical Research, Turku, Finland

1993

Chicago Museum of Holography, Chicago, Illinois (hologram display)

1996

Crosby Arboretum, New Orleans, Louisiana (hologram display)

1996

Hologram in Medicine, San Jose, California (hologram display)

1996

Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary

1996

Louisiana State Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

1997

Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

1998

Gallery Marceline Bonorden, New Orleans Centre, New Orleans, LA

2001

Filmworks Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2002

Carol Robinson Galleries, New Orleans, Louisiana

2002

Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

PUBLICATIONS

Information regarding the photographic and holographic work of Bert Myers can be found in the following publications. Articles written by Bert Myers are indicated.

 

Medical World News, “Blossoming of an Unusual Art Form – X-ray Still Life”, April 1980, pp. 55-57.

Reader’s Digest (International Edition), “The Delightful Art of Radiographs”, March 1982, pp. 115-118.

 

Art Voices, “A High - Technology Photographic Art”, January - February, pp. 10-11.

 

Annals of Plastic Surgery, “The Fluorescence Camera: How To Use Fluorescein Dye In A Normally Illuminated Room”, 1983 Vol. 10:248.

 

Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, “A Less Expensive Interference Filter for Fluorescence Photography, 1985 75:133.

 

Southern Medical Journal, “Estimating Blood Supply of the Skin and Intestine With the Fluorescence Camera”, 1986 79:31.

 

Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, “How To Make Superb Micro-Angiograms at Reasonable X-ray Exposures”, 1985 76:469.

 

Holoshpere, “How To Use Spatial Filters in Holography”, 1989 16:17-20.

 

Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, “Improved Micro-Radiography Using Holographic Films”, 1988 82:200.

 

Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, “Flash Fluorometer: A Device to Measure Tissue Levels of Fluorescein; Made From Off-the-Shelf Photographic Equipment”, 1989 8:173-178.

 

Holosphere, “How To Use Spatial Filters: Modified Method of Jeff Murray”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1989 16:17-20.

 

L.A.S.E.R. News, “A Daylight Viewer: Transmission Holograms”, by Dr. Bert Myers with D. Weiner, 1990 10:3.

Holosphere, “Making Masters”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1990 17:27-30.

 

L.A.S.E.R. News, “Use of a Vise as Object Holder in Origination”, by Dr. Bert Myers,  1990 10:7.

 

S.P.I.E. Journal, “Hologram of Human Tissue Specimens with Continuous Beam Lasers Through Plastination”, 1991.

 

L.A.S.E.R News, “A Special Frame for Displaying Holograms in Areas Without Ceiling Lights”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1991 11:7.

 

L.A.S.E.R News, “Use of A Rack and Pinion to Align Spatial Filters”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1992 12:6.

 

L.A.S.E.R News, “How To Use Film for Reflection Copies of Holograms”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1993 13:7.

 

L.A.S.E.R News, “How To ‘Sign” Holograms”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1994 14:8-10.

 

L.A.S.E.R News, “How To Use Fringe Locking Equipment in Holography”, by Dr. Bert Myers, 1995 15:3.

 

Elle (Russian Edition), July 2002, pp. 81, 86.

 

The Oncologist, 2002, nos. 3 & 4.