Tag: Mark Steinmetz

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

© 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.

March 10th, Philadelphia: PPAC “East of Eden” an exhibition with Doug DuBois, Amy Stein and Mark Steinmetz

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Exhibition:  East of Eden
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition is open from March 3 – May 21, 2011

“The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is excited to announce East of Eden, a spring exhibition running from March 3rd to May 21st, featuring the work of Doug DuBois, Amy Stein and Mark Steinmetz. East of Eden investigates contemporary America through the lens of John Steinbeck’s canonical novel. The exhibition draws upon themes of the west as a place for transformation and prosperity, familial relationships, America on the brink of change, and the deterioration of the small town.

More than 58 years after its initial publication, the novel’s themes still resonate with great impact in a contemporary context. America itself has undergone a tremendous shift in the last few decades, similar to those in the novel. Rather than locate works that draw upon the time period staged in the novel, the photographs in the exhibition were all created within the last 20 years depicting a newer version of Steinbeck’s America fraught with parallel turbulence, doubt and uncertainty.”


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