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Life in Real Time

‘LIFE IN REAL TIME’ is the nucleus of Snap! Orlando’s month long event, ‘YOU ARE HERE.’ This exhibit features imagery of the human condition in public places, reminding us that over-familiarity can blind us from what is really going on in the world around us. Curated by Holly & Patrick Kahn.

A well-known figure in the New York art scene of the 80s, Christopher Makos apprenticed with photographer Man Ray in Paris and collaborated with Andy Warhol, whom he showed how to use his first camera. His body of work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and currently at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando.

(American, born 1930). Fine art photographer, William John Kennedy forged a friendship with Andy Warhol in 1963 and proceeded to capture, through his lens, the artist and his soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of his career and the birth of the Pop Art Movement. After almost half a century in storage, a selection of the nearly forgotten images have been recently published for the first time and are now part of the permanent collection of the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The US has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s 50 percent more than the amount produced by Western Europeans. Last year, L.A. photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers with his ongoing series, ‘7 DAYS OF GARBAGE.’ This is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. They are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.

Award winning, Scottish born photographer James Black has captured beautiful images that are both historically poignant and personally introspective. His pictorial work records simple human endeavor while embracing a comfort and a calm that is undeniably captivating. As a GI in the U.S. Army and a resident photographer for the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper during the mid 1950’s, James was assigned to document America’s occupation of Germany and Europe’s revitalization in the aftermath of World War II. His mission was to seek-out and showcase the good found throughout its spirited community and to provided an ease and hope for soldiers continuing to fight for the civil liberties of humankind.

Sean Black is a journalist, artist, advocate and educator whose photographs and writings document and explore life and the human experience. This exhibit features both Sean and his father, James H. Black’s photography alongside each other. ‘Human Nature, “explores the socio-economic dilemma of homelessness. Specifically seeking out those individuals who retreat into the natural terrain, Sean Black imbues his approach with a psychological awareness of what Existentialists refer to as ‘the uncanny’. While conveying this uneasy sensation of ‘not-being-at-home’, his images offer hints of the re-creation of domesticity as well as the strangely familiar touchstones of conventional dwelling. Also on exhibit, ‘Dad Series,’ touching images about his father James H. Black’s last days, preserving his father’s vanishing memories, illuminating his simple daily wonderments.

Reminiscent of Walker, Vishniac, Atget, Lange and Arbus, Marc Schmidt’s photography is strong and thought-provoking, reflecting the zeitgeist of the postmodern World. Using the simplest of tools, his iPhone camera and his bicycle for transportation, Schmidt has created a poignant visual essay of Miami’s inner city and its denizens. Schmidt’s affinity and respect for his subject matter are evident in the narrative structure of his compositions and the intuitive poetic resonance of his imagery. Marc Schmidt was born in Chicago, raised in Hamburg. A physician by profession, Schmidt has had a love affair with photography since his teen years when he started documenting street scenes in Hamburg.

Stéphane Fedorowsky is a French photographer. In his RED series, he takes black and white images from a film or a photo of an actor (with permission) and integrates them into a recent photo of his own. He hand develops these images in a dark room and adds a touch of red paint to call attention to a detail. His art is astute, often humorous, questioning the notion of a parallel universe, and alternate dimensions in life.

Russian born Yuri Maiorov’s photography comes from the passion he has for stage performance. Yuri (an award-winning performance artist) has enjoyed a very active career as a solo aerial artist at Cirque Du Soleil and combined his love of performance and his passion for photography to create a unique vision of flow and movement. Yuri has previously been showcased by Snap! Orlando, at the Orlando Museum of Art, in 2012.

Born and raised in New York City, Ricky Powell specializes in environmental portrait. In 1986, Powell ditched his job selling Frozade lemon ices out of a street car—where, if you tipped him a dollar, he’d add a dash of rum to the refreshment—to tag along with the Beastie Boys on Run-DMC’s Raising Hell tour. Some of the photographs that he took while on tour became significant, and Powell gained notoriety, becoming the unofficial “fourth Beastie Boy.” His intimate photographs that have been featured in The New York Times, the New York Post, The Village Voice, TIME, Newsweek, VIBE, The Source, Rolling Stone, and many other publications.
Matthew creates extraordinary installations of small paintings by digging and sorting through boxes and piles of hundreds of inherited slides and photos. It is part of an on-going exploration of collecting and hoarding of the incidental random moments in photographs. The resulting paintings are usually one to one scale recreations of the original photographs installed in collage form; giving order and/or disorder to the cumulative imagery.

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