Monday, August 17, 2009

Shooting Children, tastefully

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 9:26 PM

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Carl Martin is the photographer behind last summer's exhibit curated by Samuel Fogarino, the writer more widely known as the drummer for Interpol. In his series shot in Athens, Ga., and in his Men of Georgia, Martin's photos have a consistent aura. His subjects remain locked in the middle ground, where they engage the viewer in a moment of arrested intimacy. It's as if we were about to make friends, but somehow can't. Like this lady, a regular backyard empress. What's her story?

However, his latest series will take a different route. Opening this Thurs. Aug. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at Opal Gallery, Carl Martin's Children comprises portraits of children ranging from ten months to eight years old. By seizing the imagery of the classic "billfold snapshot," Martin hopes to discover the "nuance of perspective" of each child as an individual — rather than merely as someone else's kid. He further challenges us to consider: What do these pictures reveal about our culture as a whole?

(It also might be interesting to compare Martin's show with Craig Hawkins' anti-portraits, currently on view at Mason Murer Fine Art.)

(Photo by Carl Martin/flyer courtesy Opal Gallery)

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