• A Photographer’s Tour: Brooklyn’s First Thursday

    Current Photos done in Civil War Era Technique
    Current Photos done in Civil War Era Technique
    Welcome to United Photo Industries in Brooklyn
    Welcome to United Photo Industries in Brooklyn 
    Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art on First Thursdays in DUMBO Brooklyn
    Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art on First Thursdays in DUMBO Brooklyn

    April 4, 2013

    DUMBO section of Brooklyn

    First Thursday Art Night

    Several days ago while I was riding on the F train, a young man walked into the car and started perusing some small sized, beautiful photographs. As there was an empty seat next to me, I asked him to sit down, inquiring about his photographs. He sweetly invited me to his opening the next day at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art in DUMBO. It was DUMBO’s First Thursday and with camera in tow, I headed out to 111 Front Street Galleries. The group show Process Points at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art housed a collection of ethereal, fantastical work that drew me in slowly, and methodically. My friend from the subway, Jeffrey Johnson,  gave me a warm hello and explained the “process points” of his expressive Providence, RI photographs. Beautiful to behold as it is to understand his process.

    The photography art at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art
    The photography art at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art
    The Brooklyn Art Brigade at United Photo Industries
    The Brooklyn Art Brigade at United Photo Industries
    Process Points Show in DUMBO Brooklyn
    Process Points Show in DUMBO Brooklyn
    Photographer Melissa Cacciola (R) talks with guests at UPI
    Photographer Melissa Cacciola (R) talks with guests at UPI

    I meandered down the hallway, with my destination in focus, United Photo Industries. I love this gallery, foremost because they consistently curate contemporary photography in an interestingly –  no nonsense way, The opening of Melissa Cacciola’s War and Peace presented forty-eight tintype portraits of active duty military and veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines as a kind of confessional before the camera. Fifteen men and nine women of various backgrounds, ages, and roles in the armed forces have been photographed in uniform and civilian attire in an exploration of war, identity, and what serving in the armed forces means. Melissa Cacciloa’s tintype photographs, a labor intensive process used in the Civil War conveyed the intensity of valor and pride in the eyes of each and every serviceman/woman. I know, it probably sounds cliché, but the photographs truly intensified my feeling of American pride by studying the expressions of the men/women displayed. Some of the servicemen/women attended the gallery opening and I felt lucky to meet them and thoroughly enjoyed their thoughts about the show, and their service. Job well done to these American heroes! May they enjoy their peace time life as well.

    Incidentally, the NY Times had a great article highlighting Civil War Tintypes this week http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/04/05/arts/design/20130405-CIVIL.html?_r=0

     

    Well, my travels have just begun but there will be more to come. I hope you can wait for the next one in the horizon. Best to all – Olya

     

    For details on both shows, please see below:

     

    Process Points / On View: April 4 – 28. 2013

    Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun (12 – 6 pm)

    Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art. 111 Front Street, Suite 222. Brooklyn, NY 11201

     

    Melissa Cacciola: War and Peace / On View: April 4 – 27, 2013

    Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 11 – 6 PM / Saturday 12 – 4 PM

    United Photo Industries (UPI) HQ is located at:
    111 Front Street, Suite 204. Brooklyn, NY, 11201

     

    written & photographed by: Olya Turcihin

    Photographer Jeffrey Johnson and his work
    Photographer Jeffrey Johnson and his work
    Photo Show at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art
    Photo Show at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art
    Full Military Gear on the left and Civilian on the right
    Full Military Gear on the left and Civilian on the right
    Marveling at the Civil War Tintype Technique photos at United Photo Industries
    Marveling at the Civil War Tintype Technique photos at United Photo Industries
    One of the servicemen in the photos taking time to sit down and take it all in
    One of the servicemen in the photos taking time to sit down and take it all in
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