Opening Reception: Friday, August 7 from 7pm to 9pm
Artist Talk (RSVP required): Saturday, August 8 from 2pm to 4pm
Growing-up in a New Jersey housing project in the 1950’s Eli Reed witnessed complexities of human life. Learning in those early years how to relate to people of all different backgrounds he began to see each person beyond the labels that were put upon them, distilling a truth, that all people have goodness and humanity within.
“Inherent beauty lives within the evolving arms of humanity. This beauty occasionally turns real at odd times in a photograph. Perhaps these collective images become a saving grace for the living. I find it difficult to see and remember these things because life gets in the way. I think about that sometimes in quiet moments of reflection and realize that I can live with that.” – Eli Reed
Opening Reception and Birthday Celebration: Friday, August, 7, 7p-9p with Eli Reed
Artist Talk- Eli Reed: Saturday, August, 8, 2p-4p, RSVP Required for Artist Talk: [email protected]
Book Pre-Order- Signed Copy- Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home – $65: The first career retrospective of Reed’s work and a visual summation of the human condition. Reserve your copy: [email protected]
About the Artist
Reed began photographing as a freelancer in 1970. His work from El Salvador, Guatemala and other Central American countries attracted the attention of Magnum in 1982. He was nominated to the agency the following summer, and became a full member in 1988, effectively making Reed the first full-time African-American photographer employed by Magnum Agency.
In the same year Reed photographed the effects of poverty on America’s children for a film documentary called Poorest in the Land of Plenty, narrated by Maya Angelou. He went on to work as a stills and specials photographer for major motion pictures. His video documentary Getting Out was shown at the New York Film Festival in 1993 and honored by the 1996 Black Film-makers Hall of Fame International Film and Video Competition in the documentary category.
Reed’s special reports include a long-term study on Beirut (1983-87), which became his first, highly acclaimed book Beirut, City of Regrets, the ousting of Baby Doc Duvalier in Haiti (1986), US military action in Panama (1989), the Walled City in Hong Kong and, perhaps most notably, his documentation of African-American experience over more than twenty years. Spanning the 1970s through the end of the 1990s, his book Black in America includes images from the Crown Heights riots and the Million Man March.
Reed has lectured and taught at the International Center of Photography, Columbia University, New York University, and Harvard University. He currently works as Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas in Austin.
About Leica Store Washington DC
The Leica Store Washington DC is a place that seeks to ignite the spark of creative inspiration in photographers at all skill levels and from all walks of life. Their gallery showcases a rotating exhibit of images, enabling customers to get an up- close look at how Leica has become a witness to history and a tool in creating the finest photographic art. Past exhibits included Peter Turnley, Jacob Aue Sobol, Craig Semetko, Terri Weifenbach and Mary Ellen Mark. They also host an annual juried exhibit to highlight established and up-and-coming Leica shooters.
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Leica Store Gallery DC is located at 977 F St. NW.