Five First Friday photography fetes

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Norman Broomhall

Tonight's First Friday? It's off the clock. Galleries all over town are spilling over with shows worth celebrating in Denver Arts Week style. But it also marks what might be the best collection of photography shows and events to come out at once since last March's Month of Photography marathon. All the better for you, in the event that you're planning to be out and about for Denver Arts Week's Know Your Arts First Friday blowout. Here are few worthwhile stops for the photo-savvy.

RuiNation: The Rust-Belt Remains, new photographs by Jeff and Joshua Ball, Sellars Project Space.

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Jeff and Joshua Ball

In 2010, the Ball brothers, who grew up in blue-collar Toledo, Ohio (Jeff lives in Denver; Joshua still lives in Ohio), examined the Rust Belt of the Midwest and saw the ruins of the Industrial Revolution crumbling all around them in the abandoned factories and dying towns where manufacturing once thrived, supporting the entire infrastructure of many working cities - cities like Toledo. And then they set out to record the strangely beautiful images of factories in disrepair. RuiNation is the culmination of that project, in all its crumbling, rusted glory; check it out during tonight's reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Works will be priced from an affordable $25 and up; RuiNation continues through November 30. Check out the video preview:

Situating Robert Adams, group show, New Colorado Photographic Arts Center

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Danae Falliers

In tandem with the Robert Adams retrospective now on view at the Denver Art Museum, CPAC's Rupert Jenkins curated this show featuring works by contemporary photographers influenced by Adams. It's a keeper. The reception is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., or see it it through December 17.

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