Sunday, December 8, 2013

Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography
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 "I honestly cannot imagine a stronger collection of photographs coming out of any other city.  I have known the work of some of these artists for years and even have images by some of them hanging in my home.  I daily look at work by Josephine Sacabo and David Halliday, and I have long admired the work of Deborah Luster.  But I found the work of artists I’d never heard of equally thrilling.  Gus Bennett Jr.’s portraits are heart-stoppingly beautiful.  Lisette de Boisblanc’s  X-ray photographs of her grandmother’s storm-damaged dolls are amazing in so many way that it would take a full essay to do justice to them.  They are like nothing else I’ve seen in X-ray art, and I’ve gone back to look at them again and again, mesmerized, curiously enough, by their strange sexuality.  Meg Turner’s ruins of the Market Street Power Station are equally mesmerizing in their way and comparable to other great examples of industrial photography.  And Deborah Luster, Josephine Sacabo, and David Halliday all have new work that can only be called thrilling.  Every artist in the book is deserving of individual comments, and I regret that I do not have the space to do their rich visions justice.”

–– John Wood, Editor 21st Editions; co-editor Editions Galerie Vevais

Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photographers Book Signing and Exhibition: Saturday Dec. 14 8--10pm, Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St.; Inventing Reality Book Signing Sun. Dec 15, 4pm, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., and at the Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia St., Sat. December 21, 2013, 2:00am - 7:00pm