Ur­ba­nia Part 1 opens Oct. 5 at Lunen­burg School of the Arts

South Shore Breaker - - Local - CON­TRIB­UTED edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

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.

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