Friday, January 18, 2008

Chelsea Thursday Night Art Openings

Last night I did the Thursday night Chelsea art opening walk with some friends and two shows in particular stood out for me. Firstly, the show by Nicholas Nixon @ Yossi Milo Gallery (525 West 25th Street). Although I'm not usually drawn to photography that "seems" to capitalize on peoples' pain, I do understand a photographer's/artist's need to investigate life (and himself) through the camera.

"The photographs that comprise the series "Patients" document people who are seriously or terminally ill. Taken while visiting four different hospitals in Boston over the past three years, the project is a continuation of the artists interest in portraiture and in phases of the life cycle rarely shared with other beyond family and close companions."- Yossi Milo Gallery release.

Nixon's 20"x23" silver gelatin prints (yes, real bw photos people, NOT digital prints) are exquisite and emotional. And how could I not respect a man that still uses an 8-by-10-inch large- format camera?

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