Steve Davis: "The Western Lands"

July 18, 2009—August 22, 2009 | Reception Saturday July 18th, 3-5PM

James Harris Gallery is pleased to present The Western Lands, our second exhibition of photographs by artist Steve Davis. The show will consist of new work from his recent sojourn across the western expanse of the United States. For the past 10 years, Davis’ work has investigated and often times critiqued the way contemporary culture deals with people who reside at the margins, the so-called underbelly of our social classes. The show marks the artist’s shift away from portraiture to landscape, new territory for the artist.

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"Emigrant Road Oregon" 2009
"American Falls, Idaho" 2007
"Salton Sea, California #2" 2008
"Old Pacific Highway, Washington" 2008
"Near Rochester, Washington" 2007
"Salton Sea, California" 2008
"Highway 26, Washington" 2008
"Sunnyside Road, Washington" 2007

Steve Davis

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.