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Artist’s Talk: Harvey Stein
February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm$5.00 – $10.00
HARVEY STEIN will show and discuss photographs made over 45 years of consistent and impressive work. Harvey is well known for his strong, close-up and sensitive portraiture of people from around the world. For him, photography is a way to learn about life, living and self. “Mostly I do long-term projects that are of personal interest. I photograph situations, people and places I don’t know and need to learn about. Photography is the most meaningful thing I could ever do. It is my way of saying, ‘I am here’ and my way of sharing some of my life and understanding of the world with others.” In this talk, Harvey will show his early portraits of identical twins in their often-identical environments to images from his most recent book of close-up portraits taken at the Mardi Gras to his rarely seen, stunning body of portraits that represents his most experimental work. Harvey will talk about the role of collaboration, influence, spontaneity, motivation, inspiration and ways to maintain a creative drive and output given issues of changing cultural tastes and styles. Join the Griffin and Harvey for a stimulating and thought-provoking evening exploring a major aspect of a long career.
Harvey Stein is a long-time faculty member at the International Center of Photography who has also taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Drew University, and in the graduate digital program at the School of Visual Arts among several other universities. He frequently leads workshops in the U.S. and worldwide. He was the Director of Photography for 10 years at the Umbrella Arts Gallery in Manhattan and has curated 68 exhibits since 2007. Stein has had 89 solo exhibits and has participated in over 175 group shows. He has had nine books published, among them Parallels: A Look at Twins (1978); Artists Observed (1986); Coney Island (1998); Coney Island 40 Years (2011); Harlem Street Portraits (2013); Mexico Between Life and Death (2018) and Then and There: Mardi Gras 1979 (2020). Stein’s photographs are in over 58 public collections; his work is represented by the Sous Les Etoiles gallery in New York City. His images can be seen on his web site, www.harveysteinphoto.com and on Instagram @stein.harvey as well as Facebook.
Featured image: Two Andean Women ©Harvey Stein
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