– March 1, 2015
Jan 10 opening 7 PM
Members' Talk 6:15 with Bryan David Griffith on January 10, 2015
Magdalena Solé is a social documentary photographer living in New York and now Vermont. She is known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Her photographic projects span the globe from the Mississippi Delta to Japan and Cuba.
Solé’s series, Mississippi Delta, is featured in the Main Gallery at the Griffin Museum January 8 through March 1, 2015. An opening reception with the artists takes place on January 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Magdalena Solé has a gallery talk and tour of Mississippi Delta at 4:00 PM. Brandon Thibodeaux has a gallery talk and tour of When Morning Comes at 5 PM. Bryan David Griffith has a members’ talk on his exhibition The Last Bookstores at 6:15 PM. The talks are FREE.
“My work is about communities at the edge of society,” says Magdalena Solé. “My photographs describe brief moments of human existence, carried by the rhythm of a setting. They convey what is at once simple and vast, passing and constant, ordinary and intangible. What inspires my photographs is light and the hidden spaces it illuminates, especially in immigrant and working class communities.”
“Mississippi Delta is an exploration of the iconic region lying between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers running from Memphis, TN to Vicksberg, MS, a place that evokes visions of sharecroppers, plantations and of course, the sound of the Blues,” says Solé. “A small wealthy gentry and a large impoverished underclass lives in dilapidated houses and tilted trailers. Its community is very conscious of its own identity and its racial diversity.”
“Solé photographs are rich in color and character,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography. “And every image is rendered with respect and dignity.”
A book entitled New Delta Rising, distributed by the University Press of Solé’s Mississippi Delta images was published in 2011. The book received the Silver Award at PX3 Prix de la Photographie, France in 2011. Most recently Mississippi Delta has been selected as a PDN Photo Annual 2011 Finalist. Magdalena Solé is also winner of the Silver Prize 2011 at Slow Exposures, Concord, GA.
Solé founded TransImage, a graphic design studio in New York City creating publications for worldwide markets, attuned to cultural nuances. In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Oscar in 2009. Over the years she has won numerous awards.
This exhibition is exhibited courtesy of Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in New York City.