Vietnam Street Photographs
Before Your Elders You Must Stand
The Glass Menagerie, Manhattan Style
Neil O. Lawner
The Children of Vigário Geral
In June, the gallery is proud to present six geographically diverse and provocative solo shows ranging from Kenneth Hoffman’s images of Vietnam taken while he was an Army Lieutenant during the war to Robert Kalman’s images of the elders of Larreynaga, Nicagara to Neil O. Lawner’s amusing look at New York City’s holiday windows. Irene Imfeld’s Vacant Nests, the third and final portfolio selected from our annual International Portfolio Competition rounds out the exhibition.
EXHIBITION DATES: June 8, 2016 – July 2, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone welcome.
“Before your elders you must stand...” -LeviticusLarreynaga is a small Nicaraguan farming community located 26 miles east of the city of León. It is a harsh, arid region that’s sparsely populated because it borders on being inhospitable. The median age in this, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, is twenty-four. Nevertheless, in this out of the way impoverished village with limited access to health resources, there are a considerable number of elders, people ranging in age from 70 to 105. Over the past twenty years I have made formal black and white portraits of these resilient individuals, many of whom express deep spirituality in crediting “La Fortaleza de Dios”—God’s strength—with helping them survive. “I am happy I have reached this age,” the 102 year-old Martin Mejilla told me. “I was orphaned at 7 and had nothing but God. He gave me only opportunity.” God's opportunity, as it were, seems to have been the bestowal of a considerable length of life, and of robust good health, on these remarkable people.