Jamaica THEN – Cuba NOW
“Bill Owens: Peace Corps 1964-1966” and “John Thacker’s Cuba 2010-2011”
Photographs by Bill Owens and John Thacker
Exhibits: Jamaica THEN – Cuba NOW “Bill Owens: Peace Corps 1964-1966” and “John Thacker’s Cuba 2010-2011” Photographs by Bill Owens and John Thacker
Location PhotoCentral Gallery, Hayward Area Park and Recreation District Offices, 1099 E Street, Hayward, California, 94544
Dates: January 25 – April 12, 2014
Reception: Saturday, January 25, 3-6 pm
Gallery Talks: Saturday, February 8, 1-3 pm & Sunday, March 16, 2-4 pm
Closing Event: Saturday, April 12, 1-3 pm
Contact Person: Geir Jordahl, 510-881-6721, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hayward Area Recreation District’s PhotoCentral presents Jamaica THEN – Cuba NOW – “Bill Owens: Peace Corps 1964-1966” and “John Thacker’s Cuba 2010-2011.” Owens and Thacker approach the people and cultures of their locale with sympathetic eyes that mix journalism with fine art photographic vision.
Bill Owens unique photographic vision is best known from his book “Suburbia” published in 1973. This work was rooted in his Peace Corp experience in Jamaica from 1964-66. Mr. Owens received word of his acceptance to the Peace Corps one month after President Kennedy was assassinated. At the time he was teaching High School in San Jose, California. His tour in Jamaica was to represent our country as a schoolteacher in a country village. Before he left he purchased a $10 Leica Camera and taped up the shutter to make it operate. The village people moved him greatly and as he documented his experience he discovered his true passion and calling as a social documentary photographer. Owens has published many books over the decades. “Suburbia” has been hailed globally as one of the most important photography books of the 20th century and has been in print for 40 years, however, Owens calls his Jamaica photographs the work of his heart. John Thacker and PhotoCentral volunteers have used a mix of traditional and digital techniques to produce a special portfolio of the best of the images from the Jamaica Owens photographic series. Carefully scanning from original negatives, the photographs have a new life after 50 years.
Complementing these classic journalistic black and white photographs is the rich color and modern view of Cuba by John Thacker. His multiple visits to this island nation long closed to American visitors, gave him personal sense of the streets and people. Details abound in Thacker’s beautiful prints showing the light and life Cuba including the cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Pinar del Rio. With an observant eye, Thacker captures the irony of a country with a compressed range of affluence yet a lack of real poverty. The warmth and joy of life that Thacker captures in the streets of Cuba of both his friends and acquaintances gives us an insight into the Cuban approach to life and society that is both interesting and thought provoking.
There will be a public reception on Saturday, January 25 from 3-6 pm with gallery talks on Saturday, February 8, 1-3 pm and Sunday, March 16, 2-4 pm. There will also be a closing event on Saturday, April 12, 1-3 pm.
All events are free and the public is invited. The exhibition continues through April 12, 2014.
The PhotoCentral Gallery is located at 1099 E Street, Hayward, California and is open Monday from 5 pm -10 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am - 1 pm and by appointment. PhotoCentral offers quality artwork in its gallery and outstanding facilities for the dedicated photographic artist with classes, workshops, darkrooms, digital workstations and a matting facility. Expand your creativity in a supportive community! Visit PhotoCentral today.
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