Amy Blakemore

Photographs 2009-2010
Sept 2 to Oct 9, 2010

James Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographs by Houston artist Amy Blakemore. Using a Diana camera for more than two decades, Blakemore captures images of friends, family, and landscapes that belie the fleeting nature of time, place, and relationships.

Blakemore’s work muses on candid moments ̶ a woman on a solitary walk, a man carrying a young boy, or a teenager caught in an awkward pose ̶ and the mood is ponderous, intimate, and sometimes slightly voyeuristic. Despite being populated by strangers, Blakemore’s photographs possess a strong sense of familiarity. We recognize the gestures and the situations, the worry and the beauty seen by her lens. There is a strong emotional content, in what appears so commonplace. Originally rooted in documentary traditions, Blakemore has compared the activity of photography to the process of gathering broken bits and lost objects discovered serendipitously during long walks.

This exhibit, with photographs from 2009 and 2010, compliments Ms. Blakemore’s concurrent exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988–2008 (September 4, 2010-February 13, 2011),which offers a twenty-year survey of Blakemore’s work, ranging from her black-and-white street photographs of the late 1980s to her recent color portraits and landscapes.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Blakemore received an MFA in Photography from the University of Texas. Her work is included in collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Blakemore participated in the Pingyao International Festival for Photography in Pangyao, P.R. China (2005) and the Whitney Biennial Day for Night (2006). In 2007, Blakemore’s work was included in Silver, Houston Center for Photography’s 25th Anniversary exhibition. This is Amy Blakemore’s first exhibition with the gallery.

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