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Rosalind Solomon: American Pictures from Chapalingas

548 West 28th Street, 2nd floor, 212-244-9081
April 20 - June 3, 2006
Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 PM
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American Pictures from Chapalingas highlightis Rosalind Solomon’s extensive portfolio of American pictures from her defining monograph, Chapalingas, covering her photographic history from 1974 to 2000. Born in 1930 in Illinois, Rosalind Solomon began her career in photography at age 38, on a trip to Japan where she was invited by the The Experiment in International Living. Unable to communicate, photography became her primary means of expression, “I used the camera to talk to myself and photography was a medium. I took pictures of what I was seeing and feeling, and I have never stopped.” Self-taught, Solomon was eventually introduced to Lisette Model who, recognizing her formidable talent, became both teacher and mentor. In 1980 Solomon was given her first exhibition at the Corcoran gallery in DC, curated by Jane Livingston. Subsequently, she began her extensive travels around the world, capturing unforgettable imagery ultimately collected in her major book, Chapalingas (Steidl, 2003). The publication was accompanied by retrospectives at the Die Photographische Sammlung in Cologne, 2003, and at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon sur Saône, 2005. People and their relationships with each other are the focal point of photographs by Solomon. Cultural and social contrasts characterize Solomon’s images, captured during numerous trips she has taken throughout the United States since the 1970s. The pictures tell tales of rootedness and loneliness, poverty and affluence, of moments of hope and happiness.
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