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Photo shows at Clayton Galleries and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Two photography shows are vastly different in intent but have interesting bay area connections in common. Clayton Galleries features "Primitive Florida," photographs by Benjamin Dimmitt, who comes from an old Clearwater family. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts showcases the collection of Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez, who live in Tampa.

Dimmitt now lives in New York and teaches at the International Center of Photography, but his muse is the Florida landscape. Like Clyde Butcher, he seeks out our disappearing wilds and coaxes beauty even from the unlikely scrubbiness of palmettos shown here in a selenium-toned gelatin silver print titled Palmettos, Palms, and Oak, 7L Ranch, Brighton, FL. See his work at Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, through June 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free; claytongalleries.net; (813) 831-3753 .

Lawyer Robert Sanchez is as polymorphic as his collections, which aren't limited to photography. He began at 10 with baseball cards, became a photographer at 12 and majored in fine arts in college. He was an illustrator and art director before corporate law became his vocation. His avocation (besides surfing) remains collecting.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St., Tampa, showcases the Sanchezes' collection of portraits, including a vintage albumen print of the painter Eugene Delacroix, 1880, by an unknown French photographer. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Suggested donation $4; fmopa.org; (813) 221-2222.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

Photo shows at Clayton Galleries and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 04/28/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:48pm]

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