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Opening Reception: September 24 | 7 – 10 PM
On View: September 24 – October 15
Gallery Aferro Liminal Gallery
Two photographers who were most active in an earlier NYC era, whether late 70s through the mid 80s or the early 90s, are represented with a selection of vintage prints.
LG Carpenter studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in the mid-90s, and has lived and worked in New York City ever since. Notably, every work currently held by Gallery Aferro was shot in Manhattan, generally uptown. Carpenter worked across format, shooting 8×10, odd sizes such as 5×7 and banquet, 4×5, 6/7 and 35mm. His visual output encompasses genres such as portraiture, still life, landscapes, and urban street scenes, some enhanced with traditional silver gelatin darkroom techniques such as negative sandwiching. His distinctive sensibility melds the “hardness” and grit of documentary journalism with more surrealistic attributes that convey the beauty and strangeness of our lives in relationship to others; strangers, lovers, friends and even to the self. Film grain appears to burn in hot light, doors might be portals to memory, and reverse-printed faces might be an X-ray vision out of time.
Katherine McGlynn is a street photographer whose images reflect the trust and relationships she had with her subjects, in part due to her long teaching career as an urban arts educator. Now retired, during the late 1970s and early 1980s she created a substantial body of images in South Bronx neighborhoods such as Highbridge, that often contrast the resiliency of residents with the conditions of their built environment. Gallery Aferro is proud to have acquired significant holdings of McGlynn’s silver gelatin prints from this series, made by the photographer herself. Each vintage print seems to pose questions: where are the subjects now, and how did this moment shape them? Her eye for the gestures, rituals, and connections between people allows us to see a bit more deeply into a place and time that is sometimes merely footnoted as a literal conflagration of deliberate disinvestment, flawed policy, racism, and empathetic failure. The self determination of residents, their struggles and resistance, subtle or overt, was an ongoing concern for McGlynn. Children and adolescents, especially female teens, were a favorite subject. For more information visit aferro.org