Joe Vitone, visiting artist at Planar Gallery
in collaboration with F.Project – Scuola di Fotografia e Cinematografia
Workshop: March 8th – 9 th 2017 at F.Project
Family Records public talk: March 10 th 2017 at Planar Gallery – c.so Sonnino 119a Planar is proud to present Joe Vitone, a documentary fine art photographer and educator living in Austin, Texas. His work consists of large format portraiture and landscape in the United States as well as panoramic and other views examining cultures abroad. He is Professor of Photocommunications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he has lived with his family since 1991. During his first residency in Puglia he will follow his personal photographic research and guide the F.Project School’s students in Bari for a two-days workshop around the city. Vitone’s grandparents emigrated from Bari to the United States in the early 1900’s.
– March 8th – 9 th 2017 at F.Project Suola di Fotografia e Cinematografia: Caption Needed – Documentary photography workshop
Vitone will work with students using both photography and writing. Captions will be central in the production of single or collective works. The output of the workshop will be showned during the presentation on March 10th
– March 10 th 2017 at Planar Gallery: The Family Records Portraits Artist Talk
The Family Records photographs were begun in 1998 to document immediate and extended family members living in and around Akron, Ohio. Sitting about 60 kilometers south of Lake Erie, Akron is former home to the country’s major rubber and tire producers. The city lies in an area of the United States sometimes called The Rust Belt due to the loss of manufacturing and heavy industry in what had been the industrial core of the nation. Though heavy manufacturing is gone, the area in which these portraits are sited remains solidly blue collar. Solidly working class. The images generate internal dialogues at a number of levels, some directly, as in lineage and interpersonal relation of mother to daughter, father to son, or brother to sister, and some at less specific and more universal places. Comment is made on time and aging, on moving from childhood to adulthood, on relations sustained or lost through the years, on sensuality and beauty seen both in youth and in age, and on our valuing of ourselves and others not only because of our strengths but, perhaps even more so, by reason of our vulnerabilities. To see the Family Records portraits and other work, please visit www.joevitone.com