An Evening with Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry – Durango, Colorado.




Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I recently had the pleasure of spending the day at the Open Shutter Gallery here in Durango, Colorado. Opening his own show and giving a photography lecture was Magnum photographer Steve McCurry of National Geographic fame.

Covering topics from Afghanistan* to the fall of the World Trade Center on 911, Steve’s work spans decades photographing assignments across the globe for the Geographic, with a focus on South Asia.

*Photograph © Steve McCurry. All Rights Reserved.
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Exposure Opens August 12 – Durango, Colorado.



Exposure

Don’t miss Friday’s opening reception at the Open Shutter Gallery here in Durango, Colorado.

The Second Annual Juried Exhibition titled Exposure is sure to impress with selected works from national and international artist juried by Magnum photographer Steve McCurry!

Hope to see you there!

Best, Jeremy

EXPOSURE – A Steve McCurry Juried Exhibit.




Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011. All Rights Reserved.

I have posted a number of photos here, Images that I put in for submission in this year’s juried show at the Open Shutter – esteemed guest juror – Steve McCurry.

The deadline for submission has come and gone, but each year this prestigious exhibition draws high quality work to the warm brick walls of Durango’s finest photography venue!

Enjoy the photos…Jeremy

A Night on the Town…







Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Durango Lies Ahead of Me, Cuba to my Left.

Vivid imagery stands off the red brick walls of the open shutter like a visual beacon.

It is as if I am seeing these very images I know so well…for the very first time. David himself is highly impressed with the prints. Amsterdam. Toronto behind him, family time lies ahead. We are standing in the ambiance of Durango’s very own Open Shutter gallery in the midst of Divided Soul. David’s 91-year-old mother shoots me a quick, warm smile…a certain sharp, friendly twinkle in her eye.

The night has passed, and another. The work has been introduced, digested…the stories have been told, new projects unveiled. Tequila sits before me. David leans in close…your gonna write about this right? Coronas. Fresh lime splatters the lens on my Nikon; pump up the iso…no need for flash. Not tonight. I am all about the moment – it feels good. We have collected a large ensemble of friends, family, curators and photographers…the best kind of company. Tawny in the background, drowning out so many wonderful conversations is the sound of Dylan.

We, like Kerouac and Cassidy before us amble across the broad Colorado thoroughfare…common to each and every mountain town. The moon is full. We have lost a few friends, gained others. New seats, round table, we are at the Strater Hotel, and another round is poured. Historical reference. The show was a success. A Divided Soul has brought us together.

The Back Space theater- that was the venue. Small, comfortable…not withstanding the rough unfinished areas that such a stage requires. The marking of a classic loft, gallery, or otherwise artistic setting. David is nervous. Diligent sound check aside. High energy.

David smiles, the buzz is on. Burn.

David’s mother is front and center, sister at left, extended family either side, friends of family file in. Dean Conger takes an authoritive chair, and with him comes a certain presence. David is nervous. Did I mention his mother is in the front row. Energy rolls out like seawater, photographic escapism.

Rio.Scicily.Off For A Drive.Cuba.Nirobi.Women.Tell It Like It Is.

Back to Rio.

I am lost in the imagery, the narrative carries me on. Alert. Thought provoking, high octane, visuals storytelling. This is a one of a kind showing, a hometown repeat from Amsterdam…the Director’s cut in Widescreen. Lights on. A Magnum performance. Burn gets the spotlight. Conger applauds.

Back to the tequila, fast forward, the night rolls on. Headlights on the blacktop, a sleepy neighborhood greets David. Home.

Burnians Burn On….

Photograph © Amalia Dobbins 2011.

David Alan Harvey Presents…Divided Soul!

Photograph © David Alan Harvey. All Rights Reserved.

I am pleased to say that my long time friend and mentor, David Alan Harvey, will be showing his work at the prestigious Open Shutter gallery right here in my home town, Durango, Colorado.

The show opens this Friday, May 13, followed by a formal lecture on Saturday. David is traveling to Durango to present Divided Soul as an accompaniment to the photographic exhibition of the same name.

Visit the Open Shutters site to see a preview of Mr. Harvey’s work spanning decades of assignments working across Spain and Latin America.

David is a Magnum photographer, long time contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and the editor of Burn Magazine.

If your in the neighborhood, certainly don’t miss this opportunity to meet David in person…Cheers, Jeremy

Exposure: An Online Perspective.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Open Shutter Gallery has a live link to the upcoming photography exhibit EXPOSURE. If Durango is not in your neck of the woods then perhaps you will enjoy this preview of Friday nights opening show.

This image of a worker trimming his beard on a construction project in the Namibian desert was selected by exhibition juror Phil Borges for an Award of Excellence. Seven Awards of Excellence were presented along with Best of Show, Best of Color and Best of Black & White.

Enjoy the images!

Cheers, Jeremy