Opening Reception, meeting with the photographer and a book signing: Saturday, March 12, 7:00p.m.
Exhibition “Airport” is the part of FOTOFEST 2016 Biennial.
Sergei L. Loiko has covered wars, crises and daily life in Russia and the former Soviet states for the Los Angeles Times since 1991. He reported from northern Afghanistan in 2001 and from Iraq in 2003. In 2005, he contributed to then-Moscow Bureau Chief Kim Murphy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reports.
In 2013-2015 Sergei L. Loiko covered revolution and war in Ukraine. In January 2015 he was awarded Overseas Press Club Bob Considine award for the coverage of Ukraine-Russia war in 2014. In March Loiko was awarded Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for best beat reporting in 2014. His portfolio of dramatic images of war includes the exclusive photo package from Donetsk airport, a fierce battle that went on for 242 days in 2014 and 2015. Sergei was the only journalist and photographer there.
These photos became illustrations to the book “Airport”, recently written and published by Sergei Loiko. The book has been translated into many languages. Sergei will present and sign the book at the Opening Reception.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
We present a unique collection of black-and-white photos taken in Liberia by Houston photographer Eldar Guliyev.
In October 2013 Eldar with the group of Rice University graduate students visited Liberia. Liberia is one of the poorest African countries, which now recovers from the civil war.
“Redemption is the name of the series. It also is the name of the largest free hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. I visited many local and rural hospitals and clinics, talk to authorities and people on the streets. The displayed body of work is my representation of the life in Liberia, as I saw it. This is the story of the modern Liberia, its struggles and joys”. – Eldar Guliyev.
The meeting with the photographers: Thursday, March 27, 7:30p.m.
Opening Reception: March 14, 7:30 p.m. Beverages will be served
Gennady Meergus resides in Israel. His artworks have been showed at solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and USA. Gennady participated in PHOTOVISA Festival, Russia and Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. His photographs are housed in the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and numerous private collections. Photographs by Gennady Meergus were successfully presented at his exhibition “Reflected Artifacts” at RCC in 2011.
Series “City in mountains” is dedicated to the sacred city of Safed situated in the mountains of Northern Galilee. Gennady photographed its streets, walls, inhabitants and surroundings for the last 12 years. He observed its character and habits, its aging, and its wounds and scars.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Frumin currently lives in Houston. Vladimir has worked as an engineer in NASA for 9 years. Since 2010 he has become a full time fine art photographer. Vladimir participated in FOTOFEST 2008 with his exhibition “Transformations”. His photographs have been shown at many solo and group exhibitions. Portfolios by Vladimir have won Black and White magazine’s Excellence and Merit awards. Artworks by Vladimir Frumin are housed in private collections in USA, Russia, Mexico and Israel.
Series “Russia 2013” was inspired by photographer’s visit with old friends after 23 years of living abroad. In this series Vladimir attempted to emphasize the hardship of Siberian life. He implemented a special technique to create a vintage appearance.
Opening Night and the meeting with the artist: January 11, 7:30p.m.
Wine will be served..
Victoria Asinovsky lives in Houston. She has been working in photography for over 10 years. In 2005 Victoria graduated from New York Institute of Photography. Since 2009 Victoria works in her own studio.
Ms. Asinovsky participated in several photo contests and published photographs in Texas Highways newspaper. In April of 2012, two of her photographic series, “Prague” and “White Sands”, were exhibited in The Market Place Antique center.
One of the photographs from the “White Sands” series won the contest “High and Dry XI” and was exhibited in the International Cultural Center in Lubbock, Texas (November-January, 2011).
We are open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
MASTER CLASS: Monday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Dmitry Vyshemirsky is a resident of Kaliningrad. Until the end of World War II it was a city of East Prussia named Kenigsberg. Kaliningrad Region is a cultural landscape which emerged in Europe from a conflicting fusion of German and Russian cultures. The German heritage and today’s reality of his native city is the major focus of the art of Vyshemirsky.
The author attempts to expand the boundaries of traditional genres of photography. He is striving to express by means of the picture the methods he developed himself, to apply a single style throughout the images he has captured, to bring purely photographic and fine art features intimately into synthesis, and – remaining a photographer – to fill up his photographs with a wide range of painting styles.
Photo-documentary project “Post-“ includes colour slides produced exclusively in the Kaliningrad region, during 2004-2006. All photographs were taken using a tripod at a natural eye level without angle, using one camera and one type of film. Having applied this strict method of taking pictures, the author succeeded in scrutinizing everyday life. Balancing on the thin line of trivia, he managed to see a lot of interesting things in this common and ordinary life, and yet created a meditative, philosophical and poetic image of the land in which he lives.
We are open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To call the work of Dr. Valentin Gertsman remarkable would be an understatement. A surgeon turned photographer, Dr. Gertsman has earned respect and support of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums.
Born in Moscow in 1925, Dr. Gertsman endured the repression of Communism, the brutality of war, and the estrangement of his family. In 1974, he left his esteemed position as Deputy Chief of Orthopedics of the USSR to begin a new life in America.
Inspired by the architecture of Philip Johnson, Dr. Gertsman has transfigured Houston’s most treasured monuments into dazzling metaphors that continue to amaze and exalt the audiences around the world. With surgical precision, he captures the mystery of the city skyline or the invisible surface of a highway as if it were an X-ray of the architectural landscape. Although Dr. Gertsman rarely includes people in his photographs, it is hard to imagine depictions of Houston’s buildings and sculpures that are more alive than his.
Dr. Gertsman’s first professional photo exhibition was held in 1981. Since then, his photographs have been included in shows, publications, museums, and private collections throughout the world. For his contribution to depicting the rise of some of Houston’s most well-known landmarks Dr. Gertsman received three times proclamations and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Houston City Mayors including the present Mayor Annise Parker.
Dr. Gertsman’s photographs have been included in the art collections of the following museums: The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), The Collection of Vatican (Vatican City, Vatican), Tretyakov State Art Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the French National Library (Paris, France)The Menil Collection Museum (Houston, TX), Pushkin Fine Art Museum (Moscow, Russia) and Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany). In addition to Dr. Gertsman`s famous photographs, RCC “Our Texas” will also feature his drawings and sculptures.
Information: 713-395-3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance