March 11th, Philadelphia: Visiting Artist Lecture from Mark Steinmetz at PPAC

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Visiting Artist Lecture: Mark Steinmetz
Friday, March 11th, 2011, 6 – 7 pm
Admission: FREE
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© Mark Steinmetz

“The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is very pleased to host a lecture with visiting artist Mark Steinmetz. His work will be on display at PPAC during the East of Eden show. Steinmetz has created a powerful and moving trilogy of photographs about the South, focusing on places where transition is a recurring theme. He portrays drifters, stray animals, kids, teenagers, car culture, telephones, convenience stores, and suburban sprawl. Beginning in 1992, Steinmetz photographed in the streets, neighborhoods and outskirts of Knoxville, Tennessee. This work makes up South Central (Nazraeli Press, 2006). The title of the book is derived from the South Central Bell Telephone Company that serves Knoxville, and their public payphones, which becomes a reminder of the area’s socio-economic condition. For the second part of the trilogy, Steinmetz turns his focus to Athens, Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, East Tennessee, and the roadways in between. These pictures make up his second book South East (Nazraeli Press, 2008). Steinmetz ends the series with Greater Atlanta (Nazraeli Press, 2009), in which he photographed Atlanta and its outlying regions, investigating subtle notions of progress. Throughout his work, Steinmetz creates intense black-and-white portraits and landscapes that reflect a sense of displacement and isolation that is familiar to many Americans.”

The exhibition East of Eden is on display until May 21, 2011.

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