Urbania Part 1 opens Oct. 5 at Lunenburg School of the Arts
What was once lost is now found, and now shared. Lunenburg School of The Arts is proud to present Urbania Part 1, a solo photographic exhibition by fine arts street photographer Christopher Porter on Oct. 5.
“Dozens of boxes of my old negatives were taken from me 20 years ago, but were found recently abandoned and decaying in a barn and returned to me,” says Porter. “I have spent the last two years going through thousands of images, archiving the best and digitalizing the negatives, some of which have led to this series. An emotional process. It was almost as if I was discovering this lost world of myself.”
Porter has been exhibited nationally and internationally for more than 30 years. His work has been held in private collections in Canada, United States, Germany, United Kingdom and France. Porter’s singular images are known for both their breadth and intimacy. “I’m curious about how people fit themselves into the physical construct of a city, as well as to one another. I’m trying to understand my own relationship as a viewer to the world.”
Urbania Part 1 spans seven years of work and the photos were taken during Porter’s travels as a lighting director for film greats such as Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders and cinematographer Robbie Müeller. Urban centres such as Casablanca, Havana, New York, Marrakech, Paris and Istanbul are featured, alongside the people who walk those city streets. “It’s the people I want you to see, life around the edges and its relation to a particular world. How we adapt and create. It’s not beauty I am after.”
The collection is black and white, shot on X-pan and a 35-millimetre lens and presents 20 of the 60 images that comprise this bodywork, and is the first of multiple collections recovered and currently being restored. The exhibit is especially profound for the artist as it holds work he never expected to see again. The collection’s debut takes place in his hometown of Lunenburg.
The Lunenburg School of the Arts is located at 6 Prince St. in Lunenburg. Visitors are invited to join Porter and view his work from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and to attend an artist talk and reception at 7:30 p.m. Urbania Part 1 runs until Oct. 15.