By on January 9, 2014

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You’ve probably enjoyed Brenda Priddy’s photography before. Brenda specializes in getting spy shots of prototypes and development “mules” out testing, usually in the Arizona desert, her base of operations, though she has associates around the country. Spy shots aren’t the most artistic of photographs, though. You’re trying to get shots of the car, often a moving target, so you may not have the luxury of getting the composition, framing and every camera setting on every photo just right, but make no doubt about it, Brenda’s got some serious chops as a lenswoman. She’ll be stepping out from the shadows of shooting spy pics and making a public appearance in Chandler, Az at the January 31 opening of her exhibition of fine art photographs entitled “Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy” at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

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When she’s not out in the desert tracking down some camo’d car, Brenda photographs the spectrum of the world of cars, from concours classics to junkyard patina. Hood ornaments, nameplates, badging and the architectural lines of automotive design are what often catch her eye. “These images recall a day long past when the automobile stood as an iconic figurehead in the American life,” Priddy explains. Brenda has also photographically documented Cuba’s fleet of old American cars and will be leading a people-to-people tour there in the fall of this year, focusing on art and automobiles.

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The exhibit will run from January 31st through March 8th, 2014. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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5 Comments on “Brenda Priddy Steps Out From the Shadows of Shooting Spy Pics With Exhibit of Fine Automotive Art...”


  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Thanks for announcing this. Photographing Cuban cars provides a time machine for those of us who acquired our aesthetic addictions before CAFE rendered all cars aerodynamic blobs.

    I only wish she worked in B&W like Rene Burri.

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    SCE to AUX

    Brenda is the real deal. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, an interesting ‘snapshot’ of her life is depicted here:

    http://image.motortrend.com/f/features/consumer/8547723%2Bw799%2Bh499%2Bcr1%2Bar0/112_0603_19z_brenda_priddy_chart.jpg

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    This looks like a very interesting exhibition. The Cuban auto section would in itself make it worthwhile.

    Hopefully, she’ll also exhibit it at a larger venue, like Detroit, LA or New York.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Love me some art deco hood ornaments. Which marque used the glass/acrylic sail-shape one with the metal circle inside it?

    The Packard cheap-o line with the ship wheel was a disgrace.

  • avatar
    fvfvsix

    Thanks for the heads up – this exhibition is in my town – will definitely check it out.


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