Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to present a broad range of exhibitions in October, including two by guest artists. The work is both fascinating and thought-provoking – from the resistance against the Chilean dictatorship and protests against social and ecological injustices  to Soho Photo artists’ unique views of Central Park’s “gates,” Machu Picchu, Yosemite and…meditation. 

Exhibition Dates: October 2 – November 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6 to 8 pm

 Link to Press Release

 

Documenting the Dictatorship In Chile: An Act of Resistance

Juan Carlos Cáceres, guest artist

 

Forty years ago, on September 11, 1973, a coup d’état by General Augusto Pinochet inaugurated a seventeen-year military dictatorship in Chile. At that time, all media were censored by the military. At great risk to their lives, a group of photographers (AFI) published images in underground newspapers reporting the reality of the dictatorship. Juan Carlos Caceres was one of these courageous dissidents. 

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© 2013 Juan Carlos Cáceres 

 

A Thousand Paths to NOW

JP Gural and Soyoung Lee, guest artists

 

A Thousand Paths to NOW follows photographer J P Gural and performance artist Soyoung Lee as they travel around the world encountering issues of social and ecological injustice. Central to this series are images of Lee meditating among scenes that embody only a small fraction of the many injustices the world is heir to. Lee characterizes her actions as “Guerilla meditation”; the mere act of sitting and meditating in these environments becomes an intervention, one that simultaneously is both contemplative and confrontational.

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© 2013 JP Gural and Soyoung Lee

Machu Picchu – City in the Clouds   

Lee Backer

 

“Hiram Bingham, who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world in 1911, said it ‘looked like a dream.’ A century after he first saw these magnificent runs, I too found Machu Picchu to be like a dream. It was most dreamlike in the early morning, when fog crept around the ruins and clouds obscured the mountains, partially revealing them for brief moments. I experienced Machu Picchu as a magical place, part fantasy and part real.”

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© 2013 Lee Backer

Gates Without Gates 

Rosalie Frost

 

“I became intrigued with a rather obscure aspect of Central Park history: the 20 ‘named gates,’ most of which are identified by lettering carved into the stone walls adjacent to park entrances — gates in name only, as they never close or otherwise prohibit public access. The surface of each of the small (5 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inch) gray scale pigment prints on clear film have a reflective gleam due to a hand-applied gold emulsion on their reverse side.”

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© 2013 Rosalie Frost

Tempest at Yosemite

Martin Hochberg

 

“These images are the result of an excursion to Yosemite National Park. I drove into the valley at sunrise after a stormy night. Large dark clouds were still swirling around the tops of the mountains creating an awesome, eerie sight. The black trees, violent clouds and mighty land formations have all been carefully portrayed in shades of gray to recreate the feeling of being there.”

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© 2013 Martin Hochberg

Meditation in Sand 

Alison Hoornbeek

 

Meditation in Sand is a sequence of photographs that encourages viewers to slow down, have a quiet moment, and look in a new way.  By contemplating the subtle, one has an opportunity to experience these images as meditation in sand. Hoornbeek has been a professional photographer for 25 years, and through her artwork, she uses the immanent to convey the transcendent.

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© 2013 Alison Hoornbeek

 

Laundry Visions

Maureen Malovany