Upcoming at The Gallery at Still River Editions - Moments of Grace®: Ben Larrabee / Reception Thu., Sept. 8

Photo: "Herbie & Albert"
© Ben Larrabee
We are pleased to announce that our next show will be Moments of Grace®, a solo exhibition of black-and-white portrait photography by Ben Larrabee of Darien, CT.

The exhibit takes place from August 30, 2011 to October 28, 2011.

Opening reception Thursday, September 8, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Free and open to the public.

Larrabee’s black and white portraits of children and families are far from staged. More than just depictions of individuals, the portraits engage the viewer in a feeling of connection. Larrabee says, “My work is not about my camera: I really want to make the camera itself disappear so that I’m performing effortlessly and my subjects are acting naturally unselfconsciously, expressing their spirit and their love for one another.” Larrabee calls the instances of synergy he captures in his subjects’ lives “Moments of Grace®”.

Ben Larrabee is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied under noted photographer Harry Callahan and earned at BFA in photography. He also studied at Yale University, where he earned an MFA in graphic design. Larrabee’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in the permanent collections including The George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), The High Museum, Atlanta, GA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Larrabee lives in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and creative partner Trudie Larrabee.

Larrabee's archival fine art prints are made by Master Printmaker, Mark Savoia at Still River Editions.

Vasilios Sfinarolakis at Soho Photo, NYC

©Vasilios Sfinarolakis

Client Vasilios Sfinarolakis is one of the winners of the 2009 Soho Photo National Photography Competition, juried by Susan Kismaric of MoMA. Soho Photo is located at 15 White St., New York, NY. The reception is Tuesday, July 7 from 6-8 pm.

Sfinarolakis is a Brooklyn-based artist with a background in film as well as still imagery. The image the jurors chose is a mysterious, traditional black and white gelatin silver print, seen above. It leaves the viewer with some interesting unanswered questions...


Michele Muir's "Every 71 Seconds - Memories of Alzheimer's"

© Michele Muir

"Every 71 Seconds - Memories of Alzheimer's" is a black and white photo essay by Michele Muir about the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's disease. It will be exhibited at Mill Street Loft, 25 Pershing Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY from June 20 to July 31. There will be an artists' reception Saturday, June 20, 3 to 7 pm with a gallery talk, music and readings.

Muir's photographs follow the lives of people with Alzheimer's over the course of a period time--whether an afternoon, a day, a few months, or a couple of years. The images show the confusing and sometimes subtle changes that occur from moment to moment, from day to day in those coping with the disease. The relationships between those with the disease and their caregivers show both tenderness and frustration. Some of the images are metaphorical or symbolic. All of the images are infused with compassion, as Michele works for an Alzheimer's organization, and in addition, her father has Alzheimer's.

More information about the exhibit may be found here.

I printed much of the exhibit, and found it an emotional experience.


C.A. Vanaria exhibiting with Connecticut Women Artists at the Jorgensen Center in Storrs, CT

"Stacey" © C.A. Vanaria

My friend/mentor/owner of Connecticut Photographics Catherine Vanaria will be included in the Connecticut Women Artists' 80th Annual Open Juried Exhibition from June 20-July 25.

Cathy's entry, shown above, is from her recent black and white portrait series captured using an 8x10 film camera. The behemoth 8x10 has built-in mojo, and it invites a deliberateness that is rarely present in making a digital photograph. There's an unbelievable degree of intimacy when you are that close to the camera/that close to the subject.

There will be a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, June 20 from 2-4 pm. The exhibit is located at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3104

In addition, Cathy is now posting her portfolios to blogs accessible here or by clicking on her name above.

Keep lookin',

Karl Decker's "The People of Townshend, Vermont" on exhibition at Sterling College

© Karl Decker

Photographs from Karl Decker's series, "The People of Townshend, Vermont, 1998-2003", will be on exhibit during June and July at the Brown Library of Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont. The black and white gelatin silver prints are 20"x20," and were printed from Decker's medium format negatives here at Connecticut Photographics by Catherine Vanaria. There will be an opening reception on June 18th at 4:30-6 pm. Driving directions are on the Sterling College website.

Decker's environmental portraits reflect his deep rela
tionship with Townshend, Vermont, the small rural town in which he has spent time throughout his life. The photographs take the pulse of the town from 1998-2003, with its changes measured against the persistence of its inhabitants. Decker is a writer as well as a photographer, and I do believe some
of the deep listening of a writer comes through in his photographs. A selection from his series is viewable on Decker's website here.

In other news... Ben and Trudie Larrabee were kind enough to send us photos from the exhibition on Nantucket. They're at the end of the post from May 20.


Added 7/13--Karl sent us some photos from the reception, and here they are:

© 2009 Karl Decker

© 2009 Karl Decker

© 2009 Karl Decker

© 2009 Karl Decker

© 2009 Karl Decker

© 2009 Karl Decker