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David Nelson Gimbel, Visual Anthropologies

Haven Arts
50 Bruckner Boulevard, Bldg. A, 718-585-5753
October 4 - October 28, 2006
Reception: Monday, October 9, 6 - 10 PM
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Curated by Susana Torruella Leval and Barry Kostrinsky

On most days, several battered Leica rangefinder cameras hang from Gimbel’s shoulder as he walks, lives and breathes New York City. His lenses capture fleeting visions in black & white of the city’s street life, fluttering birds, moving trains, and glimpses of passers-by—a sort of fractured cinematography that he makes explicit in a series of oversized film `sequences.’ The rules of `formal’ photography are often violated here and themes are repeated and continually explored in pairings and groupings of various subjects.

Gimbel is, however, also a vivid colorist and a compositional formalist. His work as an archaeologist and an historian continually exposes him to scenes of daily life in the Middle East and India—where, with each frame, he reveals the warmth of the land and the spirit of its individuals. This is “one-to-one photography,” a form in which the artist and the subject matter shape a close relationship, or circle, that is immediately apparent to subsequent viewers and participants. Tone and coloration jump from his images forming a cohesive and rich tapestry of people and time.
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