Friday, January 14, 2011

Keith Carter Opens Biennial at ECU

The 7th Biennial Photographic Image Exhibition opened last night at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, with a talk by the juror, Keith Carter, followed by a reception in the Gray Gallery.

Carter spoke to a packed house at ECU's Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Art Center. He gave a gracious, informative, enlightening and challenging talk that included a review of his own work, from pieces familiar to us from his many books and exhibits to newer work, some of which from series still in process had not been shown widely before. 

Later, Keith stayed late in the gallery, meeting exhibitors, autographing his books, and talking photography with one and all. Here he is, talking with Raleigh photographer Allison Overton, who also has work in the show.

Shameless Self-Promotion Department -- Here's yours truly, with the piece of my work that Carter chose for the show:

And here's evidence that at least some folks stopped to have a look at it.

And here's my friend -- and long-time Raleigh photographer -- Carson Boone, standing with the image from his work that Carter chose for the show.

The show itself is large -- over 80 pieces -- representing work by photographers from over 20 states, and very eclectic, with work representing a wide range of styles, subject matter, approaches, and techniques, from small prints to large, and from kallitypes and platnum prints to digital prints and multi-media constructions. It's a kind of snapshot of lots of things that are going on in photography today, and well worth a visit.

Congratulations to Carter for choosing the strong body of work, and to Tom Braswell and his colleagues at the Gray Gallery and ECU for for their fine work in organizing the competition and mounting the show. I'm honored to be in it.

The show is up through February 19th, so there's plenty of time to see for yourself.

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