Mandela! Struggle and Triumph, will be on display at Paul Paletti Gallery Sept. 5 – Nov. 29, with a reception held October 25, 2013 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Turnley spent a quarter-century documenting the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, and chronicling the life and times of Nelson Mandela, the world’s most important civil rights leader. Mandela! Struggle and Triumph is a brief look into Turnley’s archives of Nelson Mandela and the country that held him as a political prisoner for 27 years, before electing him president in that nation’s first fully representative, multiracial election in 1994.
“In the course of my work in South Africa, I was arrested more than a dozen times, simply for doing my job. Like so many others who operated in and around the anti-apartheid movement, I worked under the assumption that I was being monitored and came to expect harassment and intimidation,” says Turnley.
As the first black South African to hold the office of president, Mandela’s government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Turnley’s personal relationship with Mandela, as a family friend for over 30 years, is apparent in the intimate nature of these photographs, capturing both exceptional and ordinary moments.
“David’s images of South Africa before and during Mandela’s release – and those taken through the years of his presidency – are an important part of history. They tell the true story of the human condition and the desire for freedom from oppression and racism that continues today,” says Paul Paletti. “We are honored to host this exhibit. In his remarkable chronicle spanning three decades, David has photographed Mandela and the struggle against apartheid as much as any photographer in the world. There are many heroes in the global civil rights movement, but Mandela’s story is one that will be remembered for generations.”
Mandela! Struggle and Triumph will be open as part of the First Friday Trolley Hop on September 6, 2013, from 5-9pm. A special reception for David Turnley will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5-8pm, as a featured event of the Louisville Photo Biennial.
About David Turnley
A native of Indiana, David and his twin brother, Peter, began to photograph the inner city of Ft. Wayne as teenagers and came realize the power of photography. Through the camera, David actively seeks to engage with the diversity of people and cultures, bridging divides and creating understanding among people around the world. Both brothers went on to careers as globally respected and renowned photojournalists.
Turnley earned a bachelor’s degree in French Literature from the University of Michigan, where he is now an associate professor, and studied filmmaking at Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship. He holds honorary doctorates from the New School in New York and the University of St. Francis in Indiana. Turnley has photographed in 75 countries and received the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer four other times.
In addition, Turnley is a two-time winner of the World Press Picture of the Year, four Overseas Press Club Awards, and the Robert Capa Award for Courage. His award-winning films include Emmy-nominated “The Dalai Lama: At Home and in Exile” (2001 Cine Golden Eagle winner), and “La Tropical” (Best Documentary at the Miami International Film Festival).
Turnley has published eight books and directed and produced three feature-length documentaries. His latest book, Mandela! Struggle and Triumph, contains photographs and personal stories from his extensive years of photographing the evolution of South Africa and Nelson Mandela.
The 2013 Photo Biennial, Louisville’s premier photographic festival, is set to take place throughout the city during the month of October. Embracing local, national and international photography, workshops, symposia, public discussions and more than 50 exhibitions city-wide, the Photo Biennial will celebrate artistic excellence in this rich and diverse medium. The Photo Biennial represents a cooperative effort among local museums, galleries, universities and other public venues to give viewers the opportunity to learn about and appreciate photography, spanning its history to present, and from the local to the global.
The Biennial will highlight a variety of themes each week of the month, with the First Gallery Hop serving as the kick-off of coordinated gallery openings. During the following “focus” weekends, we will highlight the themes:
Exchange shows will focus around getting art to galleries that are outside of the artists’ residential areas. The generational theme could focus on teachers and students, parents and children, etc. This theme includes bridging the gaps between regional universities by having photography professors and students exhibit their work at the other universities in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
A photographic display and study of exceptional people, both local and international. They might be famous people or others who are not well known but deserve recognition for their admirable qualities or achievements.
This track encompasses the historic development of photography, including historic and alternative processes that compare historic processes to digital simulations, in addition to displays of historic equipment, and workshops focusing on alternative processes.
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The Third Perspective: A Collector’s View
February 26 - August 30, 2013
The Third Perspective: A Collector’s View, will be on display at Paul Paletti Gallery Feb. 26 – August 30, with an opening reception held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Over several decades, Paul Paletti has amassed an important collection of historic and contemporary photographic artworks of museum quality. As a collector, his intent has been to choose only those pieces in which the artist demonstrates a superlative degree of technical virtuosity offered with a distinctive vision.
“‘The Third Perspective’ is about the relationship I believe is created when a photographer shows a print he or she has made. Until then, the only perspectives that exist happen in front of, and behind the lens — between artist and subject,” says Paletti. “I made one of my first purchases from the remarkable Imogene Cunningham when I was a graduate student in photography. I never really looked back, but I got very serious about collecting about 20 years ago. The gallery is the culmination of that experience. And it just continues to grow because I am a truly passionate about photography, and a collector at heart.”
Beginning on Feb. 26, the gallery will exhibit some of Paletti’s most recent acquisitions, including work by Shelby Lee Adams, Bill Burke, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Harold Edgerton, Lynn Geesaman, C. Thomas Hardin, Bill Luster, and David Turnley. “In the last year or two, I’ve also acquired iconic works by Yousuf Karsh, William Klein, Danny Lyon, Steve McCurry, Eadweard Muybridge, and Edward Steichen, most of which are being displayed here for the first time. These photographers achieved international acclaim and are titans in the history of photography,” says Paletti. “To make the show even more personal, I’ll also be sharing insights on the process of collecting, and my experience with this sophisticated art medium that is varied, beautiful and highly collectible for everyone.”
Different Worlds: Selections from Close Relations and Show
December 7 – February 22, 2013
Different Worlds: Selections from Close Relations and Show, will be on display at Paul Paletti Gallery Dec. 7 – Feb. 22, with an opening reception for the artist Friday, December 14, 2012 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Henry Horenstein was in college studying history with the goal of a PhD and an academic career when he was introduced to photography and the idea that he could continue studying history by photographing it.
Captivated by the documentary works of Danny Lyon and Robert Frank, Horenstein entered the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.
Most of the works from the book Close Relations center on Horenstein’s early years of photographing and attending RISD. This was a time when he was still learning about art and developing a love and fascination for documentary work. Horenstein used the intimacy of family and friends to freeze time in order to glance at the cultural norms, the fiction, and the honesties in everyday life in suburbia. Horenstein consider these to be “his people,” and reveals their true nature in his first “serious” photographs with a sense of humor and quirkiness.
Later works by Horenstein exhibit his continued interest in using cameras to document the fleeting world around him through a variety of fringe activities and subcultures. In 2001 he began to document the neo-burlesque resurgence when he attended the first annual Tease-O-Rama in New Orleans, culminating in the book Show.
While the photographs of Close Relations are accessible and familiar, those from Show are edgy and provocative. The people in Show have created alternative lifestyles and themselves, showcased through a random mixture of burlesque, drag, sideshow and fetish. What they are doing is a fusion of ways to make a living, live a life, and create an art form through performance and persona. It is the embodiment of the advice given to Horenstein by one of his teachers that popular culture should be taken seriously. You wonder how much crossover there might be between the people in the seemingly different worlds depicted in Close Relations and Show.
Photographs by Horenstein have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, George Eastman House, Fabrik der Kunste in Hamburg, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and are included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Horenstein is the author of over 30 books, including several monographs and highly successful photography textbooks, which have been used by hundreds of thousands of students across the country. Horenstein is a professor of photography at RISD.
Intimate Gems : The Landscapes of Lynn Geesaman
September 6, 2012 – November 30, 2012
“Intimate Gems: The Landscapes of Lynn Geesaman,” a poetic exhibit of photographs by Lynn Geesaman, will be on display at Paul Paletti Gallery Sept. 6 – Nov. 31, with an opening reception for the artist Thursday, September 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
Geesaman focuses on the graphic patterns of the organic world in connection with areas of nature shaped by man, to create a world of impressionist beauty and soft atmosphere with her photographs. Geesaman attests to being lucky, admitting, “I photograph something people already like to look at.” She has only minor cognizance of gardening or botany, believing that in-depth knowledge of those areas could actually be a distraction from her artistic process as she passes through foreign landscapes. The photographs in this exhibit are primarily small vintage works, hand printed by Geesaman in her signature style, to create the most intimate experience for the viewer.
Geesaman graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. After college Geesaman worked for a weapons lab in California where she met and married her husband, Donald. They subsequently moved to Minneapolis to pursue teaching careers. She turned her attention more fully to photography in the 1970s. A pivotal assignment came with the exploration of public gardens, where she delved into the relationships between nature and photography. During a residency at the Kentucky Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in 1992, Geesaman began exploring the use of color photography.
Photographs by Geesaman have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of America, Royal Shakespeare Society, George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the MacArthur Foundation. Her works have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New Art Examiner, Art & Antiques, The Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and Art in America. Three monographs of her work have also been published: Hazy Lights and Shadows, Gardenscapes, and Poetics of Place.
With Child, a dynamic exhibit of works by Howard Schatz will be on display at Paul Paletti Gallery May 30 – Aug. 31, with an opening reception Wednesday, May 30, 5 – 8 p.m. Works from the exhibit are included in a book by the same name, which is the 18th of Schatz’s work.
“Howard Schatz’s work spans more than two decades, and focuses almost exclusively on the human body as a natural form of sculpture,” says Paul Paletti. “He is a true master of the photographic medium, and this exhibit offers a dramatic look at the process of pregnancy and motherhood. It’s especially interesting that the portraits of pregnant nudes are presented with companion images that include their newborn infants, emphasizing the vulnerability of new life.”
Formerly a renowned ophthalmologist and surgeon, Schatz uses his medical background as inspiration for his endeavors in fine art and commercial photography. With Child combines his love of photographing the human body with his experience witnessing the journey of birth during his medical school residency.
Works by Schatz were previously exhibited at the Paletti Gallery in 2007 during the release of Schatz’s 17th book, H2O. Along with his books WaterDance, The Princess, and Pool Light, photographs included in H20 use ballerinas underwater as a celebration of the body in relation to the landscape of dreams and brilliance of movement through weightless slow motion dance.
Schatz has contributed his artistic eye in the creation of photographs for clients such as Ralph Lauren RLX, Escada, Adidas, Louis Vuitton, and his works have been featured in O The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, American Photo, The New Yorker, Black/White, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Time and The New York Times Magazine. His work has gained national and international acclaim through various exhibitions and museum displays worldwide, including MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Contemporary Art Gallery (Milan, Italy) and the World Press Photo Exhibition.
Shelby Lee Adams: Salt & Truth
March 2 – May 26, 2012
The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by renowned photographer, Shelby Lee Adams featuring work from his new book, Salt & Truth. Please join us for an artist reception on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6 – 8pm. Adams will also attend the opening at the Gallery during the First Friday Trolley Hop, on the following Friday from 5 – 9 pm, and will lastly remain in Louisville for an artist talk and book signing at Carmichael’s Bookstore, located at 2720 Frankfort Avenue on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 4pm.
Please see below for a link to the New York Times slide show of Shelby’s work:
Steve McCurry: Compassionate Vision
December 1 – February 29, 2012
The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of work by world renowned documentary photographer, Steve McCurry.
Afghan Girl, by Steve McCurry, which appeared on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985, is probably the most famous photograph in the world. But this iconic image is not alone in showing McCurry’s compassionate vision. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face,” McCurry has stated.
In addition to his haunting and compelling portraits, McCurry has also photographed in many areas of international and civil conflict, including the Iran-Iraq war, the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan. McCurry’s passion for his subjects and their conditions is shown not only through his portraits, but also in his actions. He founded Imagine Asia, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in rural Asian communities by addressing fundamental education and healthcare needs.
McCurry, a member of Magnum since 1986, was the recipient of an unprecedented four first prizes from the World Press Photo contest. He has also been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise. The National Press Photographers’ Association awarded him the Magazine Photographer of the Year, and he has twice won the Olivier Rebbot Award for best photographic reporting abroad.
Featured in countless exhibitions around the world, McCurry’s work is best known through magazine publications, most notably, National Geographic. McCurry’s books include The Unguarded Moment (2009), In the Shadows of Mountains (2007), Looking East (2006), Steve McCurry (2005), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Sanctuary (2002), South Southeast (2000), Portraits (1999), Monsoon (1988), and The Imperial Way (1985).
October 1 – 31, 2011
The Photo Biennial, Louisville’s premier photographic festival, is set to take place throughout the city during the month of October. Embracing local, national and international photography, workshops, symposia, public discussions and more than 30 exhibitions city-wide, the Photo Biennial will celebrate artistic excellence in this rich and diverse medium. The Photo Biennial represents a cooperative effort among local museums, galleries, universities and other public venues to give viewers the opportunity to learn about and to appreciate photography, spanning its history to the present, and from the local to the global.
The Biennial will highlight a variety of themes with each week in the month. The First Friday Gallery Hop will provide the kick-off of coordinated gallery openings. The keynote exhibit, Rough Road. The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project 1975 – 1977, featuring work from Bob Hower, Ted Wathen and Bill Burke at the Frazier History Museum, provides the base for the second weekend of events focusing on documentary photography. This theme is also the subject of a panel discussion of nationally recognized experts hosted by the University of Louisville’s Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships. A strong international focus will highlight a group of Canadian photographers represented by Elevator Digital in Toronto when they invade local galleries, the Mellwood Arts Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center during the third weekend of the Biennial. Finally, the world-renowned Slideluck Potshow will close out the Photo Biennial, integrating local emerging photographers’ works side by side with some of the most established and well-known photographers from around the world.
Started in 1999 by Swanson Cralle East Market (now Swanson Contemporary), Galerie Hertz, Zephyr Gallery and Erin Divine Gallery (a predecessor of Pyro), the Photo Biennial, has consistently grown due to the dedication and support of the artistic community in the Louisville region. Over the years, it has expanded to attract the national View Camera Magazine Large Format Conference in 2007, and became the first Louisville Visual Arts Festival in 2009. This year’s Biennial will continue this evolution with focused events each weekend, to educate and entertain the public with the richness and variety of photography as both a documentary and an artistic medium.
September – November, 2011
The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to announce our exhibition of Boston based photographer, Bill Burke. This will also be the Gallery’s featured exhibit for this year’s city-wide Photo Biennial in October.
Burke’s documentary photographs are a haunting and poignant record of his travels and experiences in Southeast Asia and the U.S. The images are often interwoven with his written descriptions of the people and places, lending additional personal and historic elements. His subjects are compelling and exotic in their everyday lives.
Bill Burk was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1943. He received a B.A. in Art History from Middlebury College and a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, as well as two artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Burke has published a number of books including, They Shall Cast out the Demons, 1983; I Want to Take Picture, 1987; Mine Fields, 1995; and most recently Autrefois Maison Privee, 2004.
Burke has been the subject of more than 60 exhibitions, including over 20 solo exhibitions, at venues. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco MoMA; Metropolitan Museum of Art; International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House; J. Paul Getty Museum; and the Smithsonian Institutions of American Art. Currently, Burke teaches photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
During the Photo Biennial the Frazier History Museum will also highlight Burke’s documentary work in the group exhibition, Rough Road. The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project 1975 – 1977.
10th Year Anniversary
In celebration of its first ten years on Market Street and a decade as one of the original participants in “First Friday Gallery Hops,” the Paul Paletti Gallery will host a retrospective show Friday, August 5, 5 p.m. till closing.
“We’ve had great success being a part of the growth of the visual arts community and the revival of this part of Louisville,” said Paletti, who owns the gallery located at 713 East Market, in the area becoming known as NuLu.
“We’ve been showcasing exceptional photographers with national and international reputations from the first day we opened. This show was our way of thanking them for working with us and offering thanks to our patrons with a really special show of premier art,” he added.
Paletti has been a collector of photography for more than 40 years. His personal collection includes some of the most-recognized names in the art world. The August show which will feature works by: Ansel Adams; Shelby Lee Adams; Paula Chamlee; Mark Citret; Joe Freeman; Kirk Gittings; Frank Gohlke; Rolfe Horn; Kenro Izu; Neil Leifer; Daniel Lin; and Bill Luster.
Also, Gayle Moore; James Nachtwey; Anne Noggle; Elizabeth Opalenik; Howard Schatz; Bill Schwab; Steve Sherman; Michael Smith; Alfred Stieglitz; Edward Steichen; Maggie Taylor; Paul Taylor/Renaissance Press; Edward Weston; Minor White; John Willis; and John Wimberly.
Steve Sherman: A Landscape Seen
June – August, 2011
Steve Sherman is a self taught photographer whose work is largely influenced by his interest in landscape and the greater surroundings that culminated during his formative years. His work has achieved breathtaking clarity and indescribable depth through his use of ultra large format cameras and superlative mastery of traditional photographic processes. His focus, straight forward yet quiet, has consistently featured the natural landscape, but his oeuvre is far from singular and includes portfolios that highlight the “hand of man” on the industrial and urban landscapes.
Sherman has applied his love of the environment to help refine his photographic vision and technique while traveling to remote and extraordinary places around North America since 1981. Death Valley; Seven Falls, CT; Monument Valley, UT; Shiprock, NM; and Antelope Canyon are mere highlights of Sherman’s expansive photographic journey. According to Sherman, “The mystery, and the unknown which may lie around the next corner continues to fuel a passion that somehow has eclipsed 25 plus years in what seems like the blink of an eye.” Regularly using large format sheet film cameras ranging in size from 5×7 to 7×17, Sherman works exclusively with Black and White materials. He adheres to the charge that “real photographs are born wet,” and does not digitally enhance or produce his original hand-made photographs.
Sherman is a member of the New England Large Format Photography Collective (NELFPC), a group of eleven Large Format photographers from New England who are committed to foster an open forum for education and collaborative presentations with respect to photographic disciplines of the past and the technology of tomorrow. In 2007 the NELFPC spearheaded the first annual “Raid Our Gallery” fundraiser benefit for the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center in Middlesex, CT. Sherman’s A Landscape Scene will open with a reception on Friday, June 3, 2011.
Napoli Senza Titolo (Naples Untitled)
May 13 – June 17, 2011
The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Napoli Senza Titolo (Naples Untitled), an Italian photography exhibit co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville and the Kentuckiana Cancer Research Foundation. The exhibit opens on Friday, May 13 and will continue through June 17, 2011.
Curated by Fabio Donato, Maria Frederica Palesinte and Marina Vergiani, Napoli Senza Titolo explores the ways in which public spaces in Naples have been used by Neapolitans during the past 40 years. Naples is a city of extremes, famous for its beauty and creative spirit, but also associated with environmental degradation and corruption. In the public’s mind, clichés and stereotypes on both ends of this spectrum prevail over a more tempered, multifaceted reality. In fact, the curators decided to call the exhibit Naples Untitled in order to encourage viewers to look at their city in a fresh way, uninfluenced by predetermined points of view or overt direction from the organizers. The photographs are untitled as well; this leaves viewers free to create their own personal narrative of Naples, narratives that are much more likely to incorporate many aspects of the city’s character by being formed through diverse images.
Inaugurated in Naples at the Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli in February of 2009, Napoli Senza Titolo is comprised of 38 black and white photographs from 20 of Italy’s most accomplished photographers, including Mimmo Iodice. It travelled to the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago for an opening in November of the same year where it was meant to provide a preview of the International Forum of Cultures, an important UNESCO initiative designed to foster intercultural dialogue and debate, which will be hosted by Naples in 2013. The project was made possible by the Naples Center of the Documentation of the Arts, which granted curators access to its art archives, and the Center for Contemporary Arts PAN (Palazzo delle Arti Napoli).
Bill Luster: Photographic Memories
March 2 – May 31, 2011
The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to announce a retrospective exhibition of the works of local photojournalist, Bill Luster. This exhibition marks the Gallery’s first show devoted to a living local artist. In 2010, the National Press Photographers Association honored Luster with the Joseph Sprague Award, the highest honor in documentary photography for lifetime achievement. We are delighted to exhibit this acclaimed body of work from such a distinguished photographer.
Bill Luster began his career as a newspaper photojournalist in 1965, when he joined the staff of The Glasgow Daily Times, his hometown newspaper. Four years later, Luster moved to Louisville where he started working for The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times, eventually serving as Director of Photography, photo editor, and chief photographer. Spanning more than five decades, Luster’s photographic pursuits have meant covering local news issues, exclusively meeting and photographing a number of US presidents, and travel and landscape photography all over the world. Luster has covered 45 Kentucky Derbies, four political conventions, four inaugurations, and was an official photographer for the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush. In addition, he has enjoyed exclusive access to four United States Presidents: Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Two photo essays in The National Geographic add to his extremely accomplished collection as well as other photos that can be found in Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Life, and the New York Times Magazine.
Luster’s photographs exhibit an unfailing artistry of design and composition, coupled with humanity and a deep sense of history. Whether working in color or black and white, his photographs distill the essence of the place, the event, and the emotions of his subjects with high drama and perfect timing. He is the quintessential photojournalist.
Born in 1944 in Glasgow, Kentucky, Bill Luster has been the recipient of many awards and honors for his photography. Preceding the Joseph Sprague award, which he received in July of 2010, Luster was awarded the title of Sports Photographer of the Year from the Kentucky News Photographers Association at Western Kentucky University, which had previously named him Visual Journalist of the Year in 2000. Also in 2000, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) awarded Luster the Joseph Costa Award for Innovative Leadership. Luster also received the Clarion Award for Environmental Reporting for work produced in Europe in 1984. He has two Pulitzer Prizes to his name, both of which he earned alongside members of The Courier-Journal’s staff under the leadership of C. Thomas Hardin. The first, awarded in 1976, was for Feature Photography for their coverage of the chaos around Louisville during court-ordered busing in 1975. The second was awarded to the news department including and the photography staff in 1989 for Local Reporting for their coverage of the nation’s worst drunk-driving accident, which occurred in nearby Carrollton, KY. Bill Luster currently lives in Louisville, KY, with his wife of thirty-three years, Linda, and their dog, Charlie. Their son Joseph lives in Hoboken, New Jersey and is a freelance writer.
A portion of all proceeds from print sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Jay Dusard: Direct Gaze
September 2010 – December 2010
Direct Gaze combines Dusard’s photography that spans more than two decades, from 1980 – 2002, providing a glimpse of the ever diminishing yet profoundly cherished American West.
Inspired by his personal connection to the people and cowboy culture of the west, Dusard captures panoramic landscapes and cowboy portraits with an authenticity only a trusted fellow cowpuncher could achieve. Among Dusard’s influences are his mentor, artist/photographer Frederick Sommer, and photographers Ansel Adams and Arnold Newman. Like Sommer, Dusard used an 8 x 10 view camera for most of the work produced on the during his travel to some 45 ranches from British Columbia to Chihuahua.
Dusard’s style is honest, open and uncomplicated in his portraits of the people living and working as modern day cowboys and they return this with their own candor and direct gaze at the camera’s lens, the photographer, and the eye of the viewer.
Born in 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, Dusard has been the subject of museum exhibitions including: Charles M. Russell Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, Glenbow Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Art Museum of South Texas, and the International Photography Hall of Fame. Dusdard’s 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship launched his grandest adventure. With camera, bedroll, and saddle, he motored wide-ranging “circles” throughout the domain of working cowboys, vaqueros, and buckaroos. He “rode for the brand” with many of them and returned with timeless images. This “adventure” resulted in the publication, The North American Cowboy: A Portrait (1983), followed by Open Country, a book which earned third place in the 1994 Photographic Book of the Year competition.
Paul Taylor & Bill Schwab: Wet Plate
June 2010 – August 2010
Wet Plate showcased artists Paul Taylor and Bill Schwab, who use 4″ x 5″ to 8″ x 10″ view cameras and the wet plate process to create their photographic images.
As a part of the 2nd Louisville Visual Arts Festival, the gallery exhibited photographs created using the historic wet plate collodion process. This process, which was invented in 1851 and dominated photography until 1875, uses large format cameras to make negatives on plates of glass or blackened metal. These plates must be coated with a light sensitive solution, exposed in the camera, and then developed, all before the plate dries out.
December 2009 – May 2010
The exhibit included a select group of photographers including Carl Chiarenza, Rolfe Horn, Dominic Rouse, John Sexton, Aaron Siskind, Bradford Washburn and Edward Weston.
These photographs are specially priced for the holiday season, many at less than half the prices at galleries in New York, Chicago and Boston. These new acquisitions exhibit a wide variety of styles, and exemplify the true beauty and technique of black and white photography as an artistic medium.
Affordable Art Show
December 2008 – February 2009
This exhibit featured the photographs of Bruce Cook, Daniel Lin, and Gayle Moore.
Bruce Cook, a Louisville dentist, works with a large format camera to produce striking landscapes and environmental portraits. Daniel Lin, of Zionsville, IN, is a neurobiologist, for whom photography is both an artistic outlet and a refuge. Daniel creates landscapes and abstracts which are richly toned and atmospheric. Gayle Moore, of Indianapolis, creates delicate and elegant high key black and white photographs of flowers and botanical arrangements.
Bill Owens: Suburbia
April 2008 – May 2008
A 40 year retrospective of a unique and humorous vision of suburbia, the counterculture, and the gaze of the modern American worker. Owens has captured some of the most pivotal cultural phenomenon of the late twentieth century.
In 1969, he photographed the legendary free Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway, where the Hell’s Angels served as security and killed one fan. Throughout the 1970s, Owens witnessed the massive immigration of rural people into Californian suburbs, and subsequently became one of the first photographers to aim his lens at the national growth of suburban sprawl, which resulted in his critically acclaimed book Suburbia (1973).
H2O: Howard Schatz
December 2007 – March 2008
The stunningly beautiful color images of ballerinas, models, and acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, all photographed underwater. Ethereal and elegant, Schatz’s figures soar, twist, and plunge in the invisible weightless underwater world of a slow-motion dance. These large scale, vibrant photographs are a celebration of beauty, brilliance, form, and movement.
Not only has Schatz had exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally, but he also has a substantial corporate clientele. His work has been published in magazines around the world and has been featured on major television stations in the U.S. and Europe.
The Classical & The Spiritual
September 2007 – November 2007
Wimberley’s work is characterized by a fusion of his technical mastery and his spiritual vision.
His photographs display an elegance of the living essence present in his subjects, whether they be rocks, clouds, landscapes or detritus left by the hand of man. His recent subjects include Native American rock art sites, and the ghost towns and abandoned mining camps in Nevada.
After 40 years as a photographer, Wimberley’s work has been shown in more than 50 exhibitions, been published around the world and represented in over 400 public and private collections.