Santa Fe, NM - On Friday, November 2nd, 2007, Riva Yares Gallery, located at 123 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe, New Mexico will host a retrospective exhibition of photographs by Douglas Kent Hall-iconic storyteller of the American experience. The public is invited to attend a preview reception from 5 to 7 p.m. As a second event, Hall's latest book In New Mexico Light (published by the Museum of New Mexico Press) will be introduced during a celebratory book-signing occasion SaturdayNovember 3rd, from 2 to 4 p.m.
"From the time I started shooting in the 1960s, I responded to the photograph as if I already saw it in finished form, an independent image isolated from everything else. Now, as then, I never pick up a camera and go out to find something to shoot. I carry a camera and shoot what is offered. The distinction here may not be apparent at first glance, but it reaches deep, the photograph speaking to me in a language of its own, as though we were co-protagonists in a universal drama."
An Academy-Award-winning documentary filmmaker and accomplished writer/photographer, Hall boasts an exhibition history longer than the cascading shadows of his New Mexico landscapes. This enduring New Mexico resident has been capturing images of our uniquely American lifestyle since 1965. Uniquely translating our time in history, Hall embroiders his imagery with eloquent essays, drawing upon his Masters degree in creative writing.
Accordingly, this photographer is also a poet, an author, and a veritable shaman of contemporary culture. With avid observation of humanity, Hall's photographs represent the inner truth and spirit that resides in peoples from various socio-cultural constructs throughout the Americas. Whether he is focused on the confined dwelling within a prison system, or indigenous elders from across the United States, Hall elucidates American iconography by way of the camera and pen.
Hall has received academic degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Iowa, and was awarded the visiting scholar accolade from the College of Notre Dame, thus investing himself in teaching as well as learning.
Along with hosting countless lectures and workshops, he has taught at significant institutions such as the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. His recent achievements within the literary arts include: New Mexico: Voices in an Ancient Landscape; Passing Through: Western Meditation of Douglas Kent Hall; In Prison; and Frontier Spirit: Churches of the Southwest. Hall has an equally impressive exhibition history including: the Whitney Museum of American Art - New York, NY; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery - Los Angeles, CA; Princeton University - Princeton, NJ; Florence Biennale - Florence, Italy; along with hundreds of museum, gallery and university exhibitions. Prestigious corporate and public collections that have acquired Hall's work are innumerable. In 2005 he was honored with the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Medici Gold Medal Career Award during his participation in the Florence Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea.
In celebration of over forty years of courageous creativity and a fearless embrace of life, Riva Yares Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of Hall's work, exemplifying an extrordinary man and his extraordinary career.