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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Grand-photographers' reflections



Generations apart, Grandfather Stanley Marcus and granddaughter Allison V. Smith take their photos in reflections.
We attended the opening of "Reflections: the Photographs of Allison V. Smith and Stanley Marcus" Friday night at [Artspace] at Untitled at 1 NE Third in OKC. This is the first time the photography of Marcus, of Niemann-Marcus and his granddaughter, a former Texas photojournalist, has been exhibited together.
I took this pix of Susan taking a pix of the photographers
 taking their pix in those reflections.
What a treat to see the influence of a grandfather's passion on his granddaughter, whom he called "Scoop." In her beginning years, if she'd not had a  photo published in at least two days, he'd call her and ask if she'd been fired. And now years later she's gone on to other great work.
Artspace is a spare, open contemporary gallery with a history of fascinating photography exhibits, located in the resurgent downtown. Its very existence says so much about what is happening culturally in the city.
www.artspaceatuntitled.org/
This exhibit is open until March 30 and worth the trip. Admission is free. Allison's chromogenic color prints are for sale, sizes ranging from 20" by 20" to 50" by 50," many taken in Texas and Maine, prices starting at $1,750. But what is priceless to me is to see her grandfather's photography, and think about the influence of one on the other.

Part of the crowd at the spacious opening of this show.

One of my favorites,  Hotel, 2005, Marfa, Texas.
Smith worked for seven newspapers, including my beloved Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Santa Fe New Mexican. Now she lives in the West Texas art colony of Marfa, Texas.

Check her web page to fall in love with her photographic images. They'll be much more precise than these photos taken with my cell phone.
What a grandfatherly-granddaughterly reflection of photography in Oklahoma City.


http://www.marfacontemporary.org/artist/allison-v-smith


Another from Marfa, playfully
 titled "Marfa Lights."

I think this one is my favorite, also from
Marfa, "Locker Plant"

Also a favorite, "Red Shoes in Red Square."




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