Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Benedict J. Fernandez: A Life's Work in Photography

From the May Gallery @ Webster University...

Our next exhibition, Benedict J. Fernandez: A Life's Work in Photography, will open with a reception from 5-7 pm on Friday, 26 October. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres are offered at the reception. The exhibition will be on view from 26 October through 21 November. Although Mr. Fernandez is unable to travel, we will have a conversation with Mr. Fernandez via teleconference on Friday, 26 October, at 3 pm in Sverdrup 101

The Wall Street journal wrote of this exhibition (which is currently also on view at the Robert Anderson Gallery in New York City), "(This is) a sampling of work from Benedict J. Fernandez's long career in photojournalism. Mr. Fernandez (b. 1936) does not belong to a photo agency and does not shoot on assignment. He self-selects his projects and, since he is not working against a deadline, works on them until he is satisfied; as a consequence, his pictures frequently have an art photography quality. Unlike much photojournalism that simply records an event, Mr. Fernandez creates images that distill its essence.

"The top half of "Wall Street, New York City" (1970) is dominated by a fluttering American flag, but the scene beneath Old Glory is one of strenuous conflict as hard-hat construction workers battle police during a demonstration in support of U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. The flag is backlit and light glances off the police helmets and the demonstrators' hard hats, charging the image with vitality. Mr. Fernandez shot both pro- and antiwar demonstrations, as well as actions in favor of, and against, the civil-rights movement." (22 Sept 2012, p. A-20)

May Gallery events are free and open to the public. (Free) parking in the university garage, Garden Park Plaza, is suggested, #23 on the map at <http://www.webster.edu/campusmap> (near the top). The Sverdrup building is #7 on the map.

The May Gallery is located on the second floor, west wing, of the Sverdrup Building on the home campus of Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 pm. We hope to see you.

Bill Barrett, Director
The May Gallery
A place for photography at Webster University
8300 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63119
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