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Salvador Dali, 1951, by Arnold Newman.
The Siege of Aleppo by Javier Manzano.

A trio classy San Diego venues offering exhibitions of important photographic arts are close enough to each other to be visited in one day. All are showing installations that represent an aspect of each institution’s heart and soul, as well as an eye to international diversity and edgy realism.

At Jennifer DeCarlo’s jdc Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd.), the work of Jess T. Dugan runs through Aug. 31. Titled Every Breath We Drew, the exhibition investigates the constructs of identity and sexuality. It is a highly personal collection of portraits of individuals and couples that explore the powerful relationship between identity and desire.

Dugan earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a master of liberal arts in museum studies from Harvard University and is pursuing a master of fine arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago.

The Museum of Photographic Arts (1649 El Prado) is celebrating 30 years as a museum in Balboa Park with two exhibitions.

Pictures of the Year International, through Sept. 22, celebrates the power of images and the people who create them. Backed in part by the Los Angeles Times, Pictures of the Year International is the oldest photojournalism program in the world. More than 48,000 images are submitted, with 240 winners selected by a world-renowned panel of expert judges.

30X: Three Decades, through Oct. 13, highlights one acquisition from each of MOPA’s 30 years, including works by Alexander Rodchenko, Loretta Lux, Thomas Struth, Lee Friendlander, Robert Adams and Marian Drew.

Arnold Newman: Masterclass, a posthumous retrospective of American photographer Arnold Newman’s career runs June 29-Sept. 8 at The San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado). The exhibition includes Newman’s most famous portraits, as well as his early street photography, architectural studies and still lifes. The 200 black-and-white photographs are presented as sheets with zoom and crop marks.

Thomas Shess

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