Preview: John Goodman, “The Same Dark Place”, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm


Karl LeShore, Times Square Gym, 1993

The subject of boxing has produced some great documentary photographs … but boxing photography as art?

A student of the influential abstract expressionist Minor White, John Goodman credits White with teaching him the difference between seeing and looking. It was serendipitous that Goodman looked across 42nd Street and Broadway in 1993 and saw the sign in a grungy second floor window: Time Square Gym. The area was designated for redevelopment and in its final eighteen months Goodman documented Jimmy Glenn’s legendary 42nd Street gym, paying homage to a sport where “men imagine great moves in glorious fights against phenomenal opponents.”

In 2000, Goodman travelled to Havana, Cuba as part of a cultural exchange program, teaching a workshop and exploring Havana’s wonders. In his own statement, “being in Havana is very much like living in a ruin with its history crumbling before your eyes, as its spirited peoples revel in life’s obstacles.” The Times Square Gym and Havana images exist in the same dark place of mystery, ceremony and fleeting figures.

March 1st – April 28th, 2012

For more information: Scott Nichols

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