Gus Powell: The Lonely Ones

31 March 2016 @ 19:00 – 30 April 2016 @ 19:00
Micamera - lens based arts
Via Medardo Rosso
19, 20159 Milano
Giulia Zorzi o Flavio Franzoni
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Gus Powell, Which way to the symposium?

exhibition from March 31st through April 30th
opening on Thursday, March 31st at 7pm

Inspired by the great cartoonist and author of children books William Steig and his classic from 1942, The Lonely Ones (which pairs Steig’s line-drawn characters with simple one-liners of dialogue), photographer Gus Powell made his own “lonely ones”—evocative color photographs of interiors and landscapes, inhabited by people, animals and inanimate characters.
Steig’s emotional and psychological states (after Freud and Reich) inspired Gus Powell’s open-ended images: lost butterflies, a young woman beside a horse, empty bottles and men who don’t notice blimps are paired, in a perfect balance of text and image, with lines from Powell like “Which way to the symposium?” “Let’s not ruin it by talking.” “Mistakes were made.” “This might hurt.”
Gracefully moving from humor to beauty to pathos, these images and their one-liners cumulatively build into a powerful visual and emotional experience. This exhibition is accompanied by the publication of The Lonely Ones by Gus Powell by J&L Books – named one of the best photo books of 2015 and now almost out of print. Last few copies available at Micamera. In the bookshop, a special section will be dedicated to the books published by the imprint founded and directed by Jason Fulford and Leanne Shapton.

Gus Powell will teach the workshop Based on a true story at Micamera on April 2nd 3rd. Details here.


Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). That work, like The Lonely Ones, took its inspiration from another book, Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems.  Powell’s work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL.
His photographs have been published in Aperture, Harpers, Vogue, M le mag – Le Monde, Wired, Fortune and W, and he has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine for a decade. He is a member of the street photographers’ collective In-Public and is faculty in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now.: Bystander: A World History of Street Photography e Street Photography Now.

Gus Powell
J&L Books
Micamera Bookstore