IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts presents esteemed local photographers Wing Young Huie and Richard Copley in STREET AS SOURCE, a new exhibit opening January 28 and running through March 19, 2011 at the IFP Gallery, 2446 University Avenue West, Suite 100, St. Paul. The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with screenings of IFP Youth Media video pieces at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.
The street is the theater of our culture. Those on the asphalt and concrete stage perform their lives, providing inspiration and images for street photographers Wing Young Huie and Richard Copley. With a dedicated athleticism they walk many miles with an observant eye capturing the ephemeral drama, humor, irony and choreography of composition that unfolds before them.
Wing Young Huie has streets as center stage in his ethnographic studies (Lake Street USA, the University Avenue Project). He feels strongly that photographs from the streets convey a sense of authenticity, something that the digital age has challenged.
Richard Copley continues to use a Nikon with 50 mm lens and black in white film in his 30 years on the streets. He reflexively creates a poetic realism from sunlight and shadow, structure and people – as he says, “The world does not hold still while you make up your mind.”
IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts’ mission is to advance a vibrant, diverse and skilled community of independent filmmakers and photographers in the Upper Midwest. IFP Media Arts provides education, access to technology, funding, and professional development to artists of all experience levels, as well as opportunities to showcase their work. Founded in 1987, IFP Media Arts is part of a national association of IFP chapters with locations in New York, Chicago, Phoenix and Seattle.