An Evening with Keith Carter
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)
900 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Friday, December 7th, 7:30 pm
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to announce a lecture and slide viewing with Keith Carter, an internationally respected photographer and photo educator. Mr. Carter teaches at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he holds the Walles Chair of Art and the highest faculty honor, the University Professor Award. He has been recognized twice with National Endowment for the Arts regional survey grants, and he received the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Mr. Carter’s photographs are in permanent collections throughout the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the George Eastman House. Mr. Carter has had over seventy solo exhibitions in six countries: he is currently being represented in New York at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, in Chicago at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Houston’s McMurtrey Gallery and the Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.
Born in Madison Wisconsin in 1948, Keith Carter is a self-taught photographer whose evocative portraits and documentary styling of home-spun subjects have garnished a huge following and a great many imitators. Called “a poet of the ordinary” in a Los Angeles Times review, Mr. Carter has turned his everyday subjects gently sideways. His photographs, featuring favorite themes such as popular culture, religion, folklore and farm life, are compelling partly for the familiarity one feels when viewing them. However, the thing that elevates his photographs and gives them their true majesty is the intimacy that the artist achieves with his subjects. The exquisite intimacy of the images gives them their enormous impact and reveals Keith Carter to be a true American folk artist in the photographic medium. This event should not be missed!