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Walking Juárez – Photographs by Bruce Berman

 

 

 


 


 

Walking Juárez

Photographs by Bruce Berman

Artist Statement

The work in this exhibit is a small collection from my new book, Walking Juárez. The book is a compilation of photographs and stories collected over the period of time from 1975-2017.

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.

I walked as softly as I could and just worked with anyone that would “take me.” The work in this exhibit is that: moments of time where the borderlands and I have come together. It’s about experience in search of meaning.

Every time I work in Juárez is kind of like surfing, paddling out, getting on the board and just riding each crazy wave until it dumps me or I land near shore.”

My hope is that others experience the heart of Juárez and the borderlands through these images.

Biography

Bruce Berman has been a professional photographer for over four decades. He has always worked in what some call, “The Concerned Photographer,” style of photography. His initial documentary projects were in Chicago where he photographed Appalachian migrants to the big city, Black Panthers during the tumultuous 1960’s and the gritty street life of Chicago in its Rust Belt years.

His main work has concentrated on the United States/Mexico border, particularly the narrow stretch of land that encompasses El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.

After coming back from his earliest foray on Alameda Street on El Paso’s south side, in 1980, Berman wrote in his journal, “…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.”

The aggregate result of that effort resides in three main bodies of work:  The Border Project: 1985-2007, Aftermath: Cartel War Years (2007-2011) and Walking Juárez, 1975-present.

Berman lives and works deep in the borderlands of El Paso/Juárez, three blocks from the international bridge that connects them. He has only one window and it looks out south, to Juárez, to México, toward the southern part of the hemisphere. He continues to cover his “beat,”for himself and major publications throughout the world.

In addition to being a professional photographer, since 2008 he has taught photojournalism at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 47 miles north of the border. His teaching concentration is in Documentary Photojournalism.

Living on the border with all of its many riddles, conflicts, dualities, hopes and aspirations has been perfect preparation for balancing these two missions. He considers it a border project.

The show will open on Friday, May 5th with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until May 30, 2017.

 

The Pennsylvania Project – Hinda Schuman & Linda Johnson


Fulton Diner
Adams Sunset
Life in Mars
Ms Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania Project

Photographs by Hinda Schuman and Linda Johnson


Artist’s Statement:


We began this project in August of 2001, in part as an aesthetic investigation — how do two photographers see the same thing differently? — and in part because we were, and remain, astonished at the span of cultures found within these 67 counties. In 1992 James Carville’s assessment was that the state was “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh…with Alabama in between.“ Pennsylvania’s agrarian, industrial past, memorialized in places like the Eckley Miners’ Village in Luzerne County, is giving way to an unknown future. Through our photographs, we witness this evolution. As of January 2017 we have photographed in 47 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The project has been exhibited in solo exhibits in Philadelphia, PA, Rosemont PA, Westmoreland County, and as part of the Art of the State Juried Exhibition in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.


Project Description:


For each of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania we create nine pairs of images, pairing one image of Linda’s with one image of Hinda’s. Each diptych becomes one singular image. When we go out to photograph we sometimes choose a specific event, like a county fair, or The “#9 Coal Mining Museum.” Sometimes we choose a county, point to the map and see what we find visually and emotionally compelling. It is our practice to photograph in the same place at the same time, but not necessarily to shadow one another. One of us might be interested in what’s going on backstage at the “Ms. Teen Pennsylvania Pageant” while the other concentrates on the action onstage. When we pair the images we look for what works together. This means there is compelling graphic and emotional reason for the images to be seen together. We arrived at nine pairs for each county rather randomly and have maintained that number throughout the project.


The show will open on Friday, April 7st with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until April 30, 2017.

Aegean Streets – Photographs by David Elliot




Aegean Streets

Photographs by David Elliot

Artist’s Statement:



Greece: sea, air, light—
everything reduced to essentials.
Time thinned out, whisked away,
hard Greek sun bleaching
everything,even rocks.

Since 2010 I have visited the group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea called the Cyclades several times. Drawn by the strong clear light and intense blue skies, I find the rugged landscapes, with the sea visible from almost everywhere, endlessly fascinating and inspiring to both my photography and poetry. But increasingly it has been the architecture that focuses my gaze.

Walking the mazy streets—
whitewashed walls, stairs,
windows ajar, breezes
blowing long white curtains into the blue.
Squinting at the sea shimmering
in the mist, no line between water and sky.
A thousand slices of time in the camera.

Typically the streets are narrow, without cars, twisting and turning like a maze (which they in fact were meant to be as defense against pirates) in rapidly changing perspectives. The whitewashed vernacular architecture of the towns and villages with their simple clean shapes, the play of light and shadow, led me to almost abstract, minimal images, often reduced to just a few lines, straight or curved, not unlike a haiku.

These Cycladic streets
so many shades of white—
a new moon

The show will open on Friday, March 3rd with an artists reception from 6 pm – 8:15 pm and will run until March 31, 2017.

TRIO – Photographs from the Curators of CameraWork Gallery

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CW Show Image - Andreoli
CW Show Image - Ryan
CW Show Image - Ross

TRIO

Photographs from the Curators of CameraWork Gallery

Show Opening Friday, August 5th, 2016.  6:00 pm to 8:15 pm.

 

The Camerawork Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition: TRIO: Photographs from the Curators of the Camerawork Gallery.  The curators of the Camerawork Gallery, Lori Ryan, Bernie Andreoli and Rolfe Ross have a combined total of 120 years of experience creating images ranging from street work to travel to portraits. While Ross and Andreoli are both self-taught, Ryan holds a BFA in Photography. All have shown their work in an extensive number of galleries and museums in the United States.
 
Each photographer will show a selection of 8 to 10 images from a personal project they are currently developing. Evident in each set will be their individual style and sensibilities.

 

The Camerawork Gallery is located in the lower level of Marquis Art and Frame at 515 Center St. Scranton, PA.
 
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. 570-344-3313
 
For more information, please contact Lori Ryan. 1-570-352-2605
 
www.cameraworkgallery.org