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Preview: Walking Juarez, Bruce Berman, Camera Work Gallery, Scranton, PA

In Black and White Photography, Gallery on May 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Image by Bruce Berman

Camera Work Gallery is showing off the beautiful and powerful work of Bruce Berman whilst in Juarez, Mexico. 

From Berman’s Artist Statement:

I live in El Paso, three blocks from Juárez, México. I moved there in 1980 and have, primarily, looked south ever since. The work in this show –and in my book- depicts my experiences while walking in Juárez.

In 1980, I wrote in my journal, after my first walk in the borderlands of El Paso/Juárez, “…I have seen a new world. It is both physical fact and myth. It is a place with a line drawn through it and on each side of that line there are metaphoric mirrors that reflect back at each other, distorting each other. It is the USA/Mexican border and I am going to make my stand here.”

I set out to tell the truth of a place. Maybe I did that a little, but in the end –and I think it is part of what photography is all about- I found out about me, a lot. Living and working in a place so opposite of the United States, I knew I was into something entirely different than what I had known before, from my roots in Chicago, and I immediately realized I didn’t belong there, and, that’s where I wanted to be.

So, how do you start? How do you dig out the soul of a place?

You walk.

Located on the lower level of the Marquis Art and Frame in Scranton, PA, Walking Juarez is now open to view until May 30th.

For More Information: Camera Work Gallery

 

Preview: Scranton Notorious, Curated by Bernie Andreoli from the Collection of Nick Petula, CameraWork Gallery, Scranton, PA

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

Mug Shot from Collection of Nick Petula

Prison photographs, or mug shots, hold a unique place in portrait photography. While many portraits are taken and published with the permission of the subject – and often highlight a person in a presentable state – there’s no choice for the subject in prison. Is a mug shot representative of someone in their most candid state? If not, it’s a least a prime low point for any individual. CameraWork gallery will be delving into the medium with their latest exhibit: Mug Shots from the collection of Nick Petula, curated by Bernie Andreoli.

Curator’s Statement:

The spark for this show began three years ago when my friend Nick Petula asked me to scan part of his collection of 100-year-old Scranton Police Department mug shots.  They intrigued me.   I couldn’t get the images, descriptions of the criminals and description of crimes out of my head.  The images are wonderful examples of basic informational portraits yet they appear to have been made by a true photographic artist.  The frontal image with an expressionless stare and piercing eyes and the casual profile belie the reason for the images to be made.  A meld of art, history and the foibles of man.

The exhibit will  conclude December 30th.

For More Information: CameraWork Gallery

Preview: Analog Portrait Photography, Nick Shotwell, Camera Work Gallery, Scranton, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on August 8, 2014 at 10:56 am
Image courtesy of Nick Shotwell and Camera Work Gallery

Image courtesy of Nick Shotwell and Camera Work Gallery

Sometimes things look disconnected or not quite right. For most, the natural inclination is to seek out symmetry leave items that are anything but to feel jarring or disorienting. For Nick Shotwell, this is the world he seeks and thrives within his work. 

Nick Shotwell graduated Keystone College in 2011 with an associate’s degree in fine arts. His work frequently bounces back and forth from leather sculptures to analog photography. He often describes the work he creates as a projection of himself- “Wild and Wounded”.

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement:

They are purely imperfect portraits, offering a character and a mood, and I want the viewer to step forward and offer his or her own story. I don’t want them to simply view my work and move on, nor do I like the idea of forcing a narrative upon them.  I would like to include the viewer, and ask them to put forth their own story, I want to collaborate. I want to connect with them. Nothing could make me happier than to turn the radioactive results of my disconnection into an opportunity to connect with others.

For anyone  around northeast Pennsylvania, Camera Work Gallery will be hosting Shotwell’s exhibit until the first of September.

For More Information: Camera Work Gallery