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Jefferson Hayman Camera Works +View Exhibit
January 15 - February 27, 2011

As the gallery’s first show of 2011 we are proud to present the photographic work of Jefferson Hayman. In a time of big, bold, color work, Hayman’s photographs are like a time capsule from another era. He works mostly in a still life tradition, yet on an intimate scale. His quiet subject matter, combined with the painstaking hand-made quality of both his prints and frames, has an anachronistic quality that harks back to the work of the turn of the century Pictorialists.

A drawing major in college, Hayman’s photographs often reflect that sensibility in their soft-focus aesthetic. His job experience in a frame shop at the time would later help enhance his timeless vision. Each work is evocatively presented, using mostly antique frames, which he has collected for years. Hayman also does nearly all of his own printing, the overall scope of his imagery is in itself a visual diary of his life.

As writer Christopher Stella has said of his work: “His sparse visual narratives remind the observer that matter and life is not often shaped with what is present, but rather, what is not”. Hayman’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, as well as many private collections, including Sir Elton John’s.

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Frozen Pond, Central Park 2003
silver gelatin print, artist made frame

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