Photography is a fascinating art form. Ranging from documentary realism to impressionistic, images reflect the attitude or willfulness of the person making the picture in a manner not dissimilar to artists who spread paint on flat surfaces. These days, with the extraordinary rate of vernacular picture taking, it is particularly intriguing to ponder and learn from the work of seasoned artists. While we are so used to making and sharing our own pictures, it is truly an exciting opportunity to see the work of others framed and hung in an art gallery context, to see what they present through a different lens and thought process.
This year at the Lyman Allyn we will enjoy an abundance of photographic work of many kinds. There still is time to see some of the riveting images by Gordon Parks and others that helped shape the Civil Rights movement in the show For All the World to See which is about to close on August 11th. This Friday evening, we will open The Distance Between Us, the photographic essay by Chris Capozziello of Milford, CT in our Near :: New series. In this contemporary show, the black and white images document the effects of cerebral palsy on the photographer’s twin brother; they are intimate, highly emotional, and allow the viewer to take a deeper look into a world many normally wouldn’t see.
Our big exhibition of the coming season, New London Project 10th Anniversary Portraits will open with a reception on September 9th, and will be a must see for everyone! As many will recall, the award-winning and nationally known photographer, Joe Standart, regaled New London in 2006 with gigantic images of its residents and visitors on buildings and storefronts, to great excitement and acclaim. As a celebration of that show’s tenth anniversary and of our community, we will present recent images of many of the same people side by side those of ten years ago. It will be a visual treat for both the masterful and artistic craftsmanship of these beautiful portraits, as well as a sensitive and insightful portrayal of the friends and neighbors who make New London so unique and special. Be sure also to take in the new work by Standart, a public art initiative, WE ARE – A Nation of Immigrants, currently on view throughout downtown.
Your Museum is part of Your Community and with these photography shows and those to follow, we will all see ourselves in a new light.
See you soon,