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ANGEL CITY WEST
November 19 – December 17th, 2016
opening on November 18 at 7pm
I entered the Yale School of Art straight from college and left after my first semester. I was 21. I was restless, curious about the America that lay beyond New England, and had a strong interest in the movie industry; I also had heard that Garry Winogrand was somewhere in Los Angeles so in the summer of 1983 I headed west. – Mark Steinmetz, from the Preface
Angel City West offers a touching, highly personal look at Los Angeles through the eyes of Mark Steinmetz as a young artist straight out of school. In his preface to the work, Steinmetz describes living in a studio apartment in the Miracle Mile district, complete with a futon surrounded by a dozen roach motels and a makeshift darkroom set up in a tiny nook off of the bathroom. It didn’t take long before he ran into Garry Winogrand, for whom he became a kind of unofficial chauffeur, enabling Winogrand to photograph through the car window while Steinmetz navigated the streets of his new home town.
Viewed together – in the book form (see the book here), the 58 photographs presented in Angel City West document Steinmetz finding his own voice as an artist. In light of the later projects for which he has become so well known, this early series of street photographs, informal portraits and landscapes foreshadows the sometimes humorous, oftentimes sad, and always poignant mood that runs through Mark Steinmetz’s work.
At Micamera, Steinmetz exhibited a selection of 13 photographs from the book – the ninth monograph published by Nazraeli Press.
At the opening on Friday, November 18th Mark Steinmetz also signed the copies of Fifteen Miles to K-Ville, the monograph that had been recently released by British publisher Stanley Barker (buy the book here)
K-Ville is a fictional town somewhere between Knoxville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, a collection of darkly humorous and melancholy portraits and landscapes that date from the early 1990s, when the American photographer was moving between these two cities.
I love the South for its warmth and chaos. The vegetation down here grows rampant; the light is softened by humid air. The people are for the most part friendly and they are comfortable in their bodies. They tend to be more open to being photographed by a stranger. The unexpected happens here a lot. – Mark Steinmetz
Mark Steinmetz taught a two-day workshop at Micamera for only 13 students over the weekend: Deepening your practice. Info here.
MARK STEINMETZ is a photographer who resides in Athens, Georgia (USA). He has nine books published by the Nazraeli Press (Paso Robles, CA): South Central, South East, Greater Atlanta, Summertime, Italia, The Ancient Tigers of my Neighborhood, Paris in my time, The Players and Angel City West. A book with Stanley/Barker (London), 15 Miles to K-ville, has been released in November 2016. Steinmetz’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and others. He has taught photography at Harvard University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, and The University of Hartford MFA Program. Steinmetz is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. In early 2015, he had a one-person show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. This is his forth exhibition with Micamera.
See our video interview for the Three Photobooks on a Desert Island project
Micamera – lens based arts
via Medardo Rosso, 19 | Milan, Italy
ph +39 02 4548 1569
open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 4-7pm or by appointment