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Portrait photographer Steve Pyke at NOPA Gallery Friday

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 “For me, photography is an investigation into the nature of being” 

Steve Pyke, a leading portrait photographer and contributing photographer at The New Yorker magazine, will discuss his work on Friday, Nov. 9 at the NOPA gallery in the Crescent City’s Lower Garden District. The talk is set to begin at 7 p.m.

The gallery event concurs with the Thursday, Nov. 8 opening of an exhibit of Pyke’s “Philosophers” series at the New Orleans Center for Creative Art’s (NOCCA) Ken Kirschman Artspace. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 14, is being held in connection with PhotoNOLA 2012, the Crescent City’s annual festival of photography.

Pyke is primarily known for black-and-white portraits with a distinctive tight framing, and almost minimalist composition. He uses Rollieflex cameras, and typically shoots in a 6×6 inch square format.

He has worked for the New Yorker since 2004.

The British-born Pyke has also worked on many personal projects, ones that often involve matters of social and cultural import, among them the series showing at NOCCA. The series includes portraits of contemporary thinkers, including British political theorist and philosopher Karl Popper (shown above), French sociologist Jean Baudrillard and postmodern theorist Jacques Derrida.

The NOPA gallery is located at 1111 St. Mary Street. PhotoNOLA, the annual festival of photograph, is coordinated by the Photo Alliance  in partnership with galleries, museums  and photographers citywide.
Image:  “Karl Popper,” by Steve Pyke