Andrew Cari Pride Street Photography Exhibition

Welcome to the Fieldhouse Gallery’s Latest Exhibition!

 

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY:

… a genre of photography that records everyday life in public places. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed.

 

RESCUED FROM STORAGE

The LGBTQ movement in the United States is often portrayed by the media as a phenomenon exclusive to New York City and San Francisco. The idea that the movement is centered in these locations is a false narrative, as if the rest of the United States has no LGBTQ residents. These photographs in this collection were made in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio, Rochester New York, and Washington D.C.

These photographs represent the grand purpose in community work, the excitement that I felt in making them, and the joy derived from being out and visible. The photographs were made wherever I happened to be and of whatever presented itself to my camera’s lens. It is a collection of images that are strong and telling yet they are images that can stand individually, separately from the larger body of work. These images, until now, have lived in storage as negatives. It is hoped that the viewer will have the same sense of discovery and astonishment that I felt when I reviewed them for the first time since they were made.

Andrew Cari

 

A NOTE ON THE QUALITY OF THESE IMAGES

These photographs were not shot digitally. They are digitized analogue images, shot with 35mm and 2 ¼ film. Many of the images are grainy because of the nature of film. A few of the negatives, although deteriorated, were important to the integrity of this body of work and appear in the best state of rescue possible.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Andrew Cari was eleven years old when his father put a fully adjustable Zeiss Ikon Contaflex and a light meter in his hands.

He showed him how to take a meter reading, set the f-stop and shutter speed, how to focus and how to compose a shot. Thousands of exposures later, he is now focused on documentary subjects, environmental portraiture, architecture, and street photography.

He has also explored 19th century photographic processes circa 1840 based on the concept of Talbotype, using camera obscura and waxed paper negatives, combined with digital technology.

He is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College where he studied visual communication and design with a concentration in photography and is also a graduate of Portland State University, Portland, Oregon where he studied theatre with a concentration in production, dramatic theory, and theatre history.

He is the author of several photography books, a memoir of the 1989 Cleveland LGBT Pride celebration.

Andrew Cari is one of the founders of what has grown into an annual LGBT celebration in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a background in gay broadcast and print media and worked with various Cleveland LGTB organizations through the 1980’s and into the 1990’s. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with his spouse and muse, Alan Trethewey.

 

DEDICATION

This exhibition is to honor the many persons depicted in these photographs, for their unity of purpose, their fortitude, their persistence, their sense of rightness. It also honors all LGBT community members who keep the light of the movement burning, the many talented, dedicated, inventive, hard-working people that I have had the privilege of working with. And this exhibition is to honor the many LGBT people of our community who are no longer with us.