September 4-28, 2019
Frank Ward & Robert Tobey Photographs
Artist Reception Friday, September 13: 5-8PM (Arts Night Out)
Contact: Lisa Thompson, email@example.com or 413.586.5553
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday12-5PM, Friday 12-8PM, Sunday 2-5PM, Closed Monday
The Last Empire—The new countries of the old Soviet Union is a series of photographs of the former Soviet Empire that tell a story of curious pleasures and confounded expectations.
“On a beach in Ukraine a grandmother in a bikini asks me to take her picture. In the Russian Far East I discover a wall mural of Lenin blowing a kiss to Marilyn Monroe. Policemen in Uzbekistan accuse me of stealing strategic military secrets by photographing a World War II tank on display in a park. In Siberia, an angry security guard repeats his only phrase in English, “I love you,” as he makes me delete my pictures of a destroyed waterfront habitat. The former Soviet Empire is a paradise of paradox, where the landscapes are limitless and the people are full of passion and pain.”
BLIND I consists of pictures of people at parades in Holyoke and Greenfield, all taken with one camera and one fixed-focal-length lens, while on a bicycle… mostly in motion. All images have been printed without cropping