Photographers Ron Tarver and Julia Blaukopf will give a presentation on Thursday, September 20th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Marlin Gallery, discussing their work, their methodologies, and their careers in the arts. This event is sponsored by the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission and admission is free.
Ron Tarver is a nationally and internationally known photographer, author, and fine artist. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his fine art photography has been exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
“An Overdue Conversation with My Father” is currently on display in the Marlin Gallery. Tarver explains, “This work involves the appropriation of photographs my father, Richard Tarver, produced in the 1940s and 50s to construct contemporary images that comment on the pervasive legacy of social and racial strife in this country. The more than 300 photographs and over 1000 black and white negatives he made of the African American residents in the small Oklahoma town of Fort Gibson represent a time when Jim Crow laws were still in place. While those laws have since been abolished, their legacy lives on. These re-imagined images tie together a troublesome past with an equally troublesome present.”
Julia Blaukopf is a photographer, artist and designer. Blaukopf recalls, “I have photographed for a women’s empowerment organization in Ghana, a reforestation project in Kenya, and collaborated with artists and organizations alike in Lithuania, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Most recently I documented a collective of indigenous women artisans in Panama called Bonöre. My photographs and installation works are created to raise awareness and foster a mutual understanding between communities on an international level. I implement this into a social arts practice by working as a creative partner with non-profits, ethically-minded businesses, media outlets, and educational institutions.”