January 20, 2011—February 26, 2011 | Reception Thursday, January 20th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present As American Falls, our third exhibition of photographs by artist Steve Davis. Over the course of a three year period, Davis travelled to American Falls, Idaho documenting the small town where the artist grew up. By returning repeatedly throughout the different seasons of the year, Davis was able to capturing the spirit and struggle of a rural community bound by big agriculture and a changing way of life. Although these images are tied to one location, they transcend their specificity to stand in for many small American farming towns across the country.
Steve Davis is a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest who takes both landscape and portrait photographs. His images always reference a social idea or group of people, whether that is the social and physical landscape of Washington or contemporary hippie culture. Often his photographs depict those on the fringes of society, in order to raise awareness and bring images of forgotten groups of people and landscapes into art spaces.
Steve Davis is the Coordinator of Photography and Media Curator at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Davis was twice the recipient of the WA Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Russian Esquire. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Haggerty Museum of Art, George Eastman House, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Musée de la Photographie in Belgium.