Alison Wright - Tibet Girl, near Manigango, Kham, Tibet
Alison Wright
Tibet Girl, near Manigango, Kham, Tibet
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2005, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - Young Pilgrim in Sneakers, Litang, Kham, Tibet
Alison Wright
Young Pilgrim in Sneakers, Litang, Kham, Tibet
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - Girl from Hamer Tribe Holding a Gourd
Alison Wright
Girl from Hamer Tribe Holding a Gourd, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - Tongyi Holding a Conch Shell
Alison Wright
Tongyi Holding a Conch Shell, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2010, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - A Geisha and her Apprentice Maiko, Kyoto, Japan
Alison Wright
A Geisha and her Apprentice Maiko, Kyoto, Japan
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2005, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - A Geisha's Sanbonashi Decoration, Kyoto, Japan
Alison Wright
A Geisha's Sanbonashi Decoration, Kyoto, Japan
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2005, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - Monks Resting at Bayon Temple Angkor, Cambodia
Alison Wright
Monks Resting at Bayon Temple Angkor, Cambodia
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2006, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto

Alison Wright - Monk in Early Morning Light at Gasang Monastery
Alison Wright
Monk in Early Morning Light at Gasang Monastery, Trindu, Kham, Tibet
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2006, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/15, and dated on recto.

Alison Wright - Malagan Ceremonial Mask
Alison Wright
Malagan Ceremonial Mask, Lissengung Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
C Print on Fuji Crystal Paper
2010, Printed 2013
40 x 60 Inches

Signed, editioned 1/12, and dated on recto.

Flor Garduño - Los Limones, Mexico (The Lemons)
Flor Garduño
Los Limones, Mexico (The Lemons)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998, printed 2010
16 x 20 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso. Printed by Garduño in 2010.

Flor Garduño - Hoja Elegante, Mexico
Flor Garduño
Hoja Elegante, Mexico
Archival Pigment Photograph
1998, Printed 2007
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso. Printed by Garduño in 2007.

Flor Garduño - Gatomonte, Mexico (Mountain Cat)
Flor Garduño
Gatomonte, Mexico (Mountain Cat)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998, printed later
16 x 20 inches

Signed on verso.

Flor Garduño - Edén, Suiza (Eden)
Flor Garduño
Edén, Suiza (Eden)
Archival Pigment Photograph
2001, printed later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - Abrazo de Luz, Mexico
Flor Garduño
Abrazo de Luz, Mexico
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2000, Printed 2013
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso. Printed by Garduño in 2007.

Flor Garduño - Canasta de Luz - Sumpango, Guatemala (Basket of Light)
Flor Garduño
Canasta de Luz - Sumpango, Guatemala (Basket of Light)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1989, Printed 1992
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso. Printed by Garduño in 1992.

Flor Garduño - El Mundo, Mexico (The World)
Flor Garduño
El Mundo, Mexico (The World)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Flor Garduño - La Nopala, Mexico
Flor Garduño
La Nopala, Mexico
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
20 X 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Boy with Painted Face, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Boy with Painted Face, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
60 x 46 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Man with Painted Back, Ethiopia # 78
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Man with Painted Back, Ethiopia # 78
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
60 x 39 7/8 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Karo Man with Handprint Motif, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo Man with Handprint Motif, Ethiopia # 65
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
60 x 45 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 3/7 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Karo Man with Ocher Face Paint, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo Man with Ocher Face Paint, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
42 3/8 x 60 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 4/7 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Maasai Female Initiate, Kenya
Beckwith & Fisher
Maasai Female Initiate, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1979 - 1982, Printed 2013
40 x 28 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Dinka Cattle Camp at Sunset, South Sudan
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Cattle Camp at Sunset, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 1/2 x 60 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 3/10 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Children with Painted Bodies, Ethiopia #
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Children with Painted Bodies, Ethiopia # 40-41
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
39 7/8 x 60 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 7/7 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Samburu Warrior Adorned with French Silk Roses, Kenya
Beckwith & Fisher
Samburu Warrior Adorned with French Silk Roses, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2004, Printed 2013
40 x 26 1/4 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Painted Chest of Karo Man, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Painted Chest of Karo Man, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
40 x 25 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/10 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Dinka Man Covered in Ash, South Sudan
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Man Covered in Ash, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Mursi Warrior, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Mursi Warrior, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2012, printed on 2013
40 x 25 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Dinka Child Imitating Horns of a Favorite Bull
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Child Imitating Horns of a Favorite Bull, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 26 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 3/10 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Painted Karo Dancer, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Painted Karo Dancer, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
40 x 30 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Turkana Girl with Beaded Collar, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Turkana Girl with Beaded Collar, Ethiopia
40 x 29 3/8 inches
1985-1986, Printed 2013
40 x 29 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Pokot Initiate with Ochered Collar, Kenya
Beckwith & Fisher
Pokot Initiate with Ochered Collar, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2003, Printed 2013
40 x 27 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Surma Girl with Lacey Face Paint, Ethiopia # 67
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Girl with Lacey Face Paint, Ethiopia # 67
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
40 x 29 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Pokot Male Initiate with Sisal Veil, Kenya
Beckwith & Fisher
Pokot Male Initiate with Sisal Veil, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2011, printed 2013
40 x 28 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Marcus Leatherdale - Rani Usha Devi
Marcus Leatherdale
Rani Usha Devi
Split Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
1994
17 x 15 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and AP2 on verso.

Portals to the Human Spirit:
A Survey of Cultural Diversity

11/23/2013 - 12/16/2013

INSTALLATION IMAGES

Photography has an innate ability to establish human connections. This exhibition centers on the work of six photographers that produce images that bind us to the human spirit. The color of our skin, the clothes we wear, the shelters and social groups we live in have great diversity, but the fundamental, non-visual, human needs of all these groups are fundamentally the same as our own. The nature of the global village acts to homogenize our customs and differences. It is counter productive in preserving a society’s uniqueness. With the shrinking of the world caused by Western expansionism and the ease of international travel – we are also shrinking the world’s divergent cultures.

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have spent the better part of their lives documenting the various cultural ceremonies that have linked individuals to their various tribes across the African continent. Their work has been the most profound and comprehensive documentary of African cultural practices that are endangered or have been lost. In photographic records, through their books, videos and journals we have an aesthetic time capsule that both preserves and celebrates an extraordinary diversity.

The photographs of Alison Wright are meant to be portals of the human spirit. Her travels have taken her from Africa to the Antarctic and from China and India to Haiti and South America. There are universal qualities of sadness, empathy, compassion that can never be vanquished. Her life, like Beckwith and Fisher, has been a journey consumed by allowing indigenous citizens to do their own storytelling. She has been a photographer, again akin to Beckwith and Fisher, who has put herself at great risk to probe the portals to humanity.

Marcus Leatherdale is also a preserver of unique cultures. He has spent the last 20 years photographing the Adivasis, or small ethnic communities of India. India has immense ethnic diversity that is quietly disappearing. He photographs a caste system shooting maharajas to the Harijan, or untouchables. He is interested in the cultural, and spiritual uniqueness of the various tribes. There is a great depth to their traditions that the photographers can only point to. Of the 100 million tribals living outside the Hindu caste society their customs are foreign to the Hindus and Muslims. He produces split tone silver prints that suggest an age and patina consistent with wonderful black and white darkroom vintage prints.

Dana Gluckstein has spent the last 30 years traveling the world on a photographic and moral mission of exploring the lives of indigenous people whose cultures and daily lives are being threatened and marginalized. Her work has been recently exhibited in Geneva at the United Nations in conjunction with the passage of the U.N. Human Rights Declaration. Her focus has consistently been on portraiture of individuals that are tied to their villages.

Flor Garduño seems like an anomaly to include in this exhibition. Her journeys are internal versus external. She does not travel to exotic locations in search of the unknown, but concentrates her vision on the beauty and grace of the female form. Her photographic subjects are well known to her. Her imagery is steeped in nature and Mexican folklore. The bodies portrayed are personalized, the mythology shown is internalized. For Flor, the uniqueness of the bodies is their beauty. In the introduction by Veronica Volklow to Garduño’s monograph Inner Life, she notes, “Garduño’s images seem to have been stolen, not from the street, the countryside, the studio, but from a deeply intimate dimension…Each body is like a star. It radiates a beauty that emerges from an overflowing richness.” The pictures in their strength, fragility, and beauty are ultimately studies of humanity.

In the largest sense, the purpose of “Portals to the Human Spirit” is to suggest links that bind us to a greater mankind. These links respect and amplify individuals, their cultural practices as well as their belief systems. The energies of these citizens of the world are made manifest through the portals of what is visible. A camera can only record the visible – but it references a much larger, fuller world. It encourages us to travel with our eyes and imagination further than the comforts of our immediate, knowable world.