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In her fine-art pho­tog­ra­phy, artist Julie Graber cap­tures in­ti­mate, shared mo­ments be­tween peo­ple; im­ages of fam­ily life; and evoca­tive por­traits of chil­dren, travel, and other sub­jects. She ex­plores themes of do­mes­tic­ity, child­hood, mem­ory, and time in pho­to­graphs tinged with nos­tal­gia. Graber, trained as an ed­i­to­rial pho­tog­ra­pher, is a for­mer staff pho­tog­ra­pher at The Santa Fe New Mex­i­can and is now based in Seat­tle. Her ed­i­to­rial work has in­cluded photo es­says on Sierra Leone fol­low­ing the African na­tion’s decade-long civil war, as well as doc­u­men­ta­tion of trav­el­ing cir­cuses and her var­i­ous road trips through the United States. A show of Graber’s re­cent color trans­fers on wa­ter­color pa­per called A Place I Lived and Peo­ple I See, based on a year spent in and around the area of Avi­gnon, France, opens at Counter Cul­ture Café (930 Baca St.) on Fri­day, July 31. “They are about find­ing home in an un­fa­mil­iar place, about ob­ser­va­tion and per­sonal re­silience,” Gaber writes in a state­ment about the works. There is no re­cep­tion for A Place I Lived and Peo­ple I See; the show re­mains on view through Aug. 28.

“My work fo­cuses on peo­ple,” Graber writes on her web­site www.juliegraber.com. “I be­gan pho­tograph­ing in the late 1980s as a way to dis­cover neigh­bor­hoods and cul­tures dif­fer­ent from my own. I wan­der with my cam­era, talk­ing to strangers, notic­ing the beauty in the ev­ery­day, and am amazed at the ex­otic dif­fer­ences and the sub­tle sim­i­lar­i­ties that co­ex­ist.” For in­for­ma­tion call 505-995-1105. — Michael Abatemarco

Julie Graber: Corey With Her Fly­ing Um­brella, 2015, photo im­age trans­fer

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