After Irene photo show in Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns — A photography exhibition entitled “After Irene” by photographer Elaine Mayes is currently hanging at The Painters Gallery at 1109 Main Street.

The work is being shown to commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Irene. Elaine Mayes has been a creative photographic artist for over 50 years. Known for her portraits of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury residents in 1967-’68 and for her iconic images of rock and roll performers in the late 1960s, she works on projects that involve specific subjects and locations.

Elaine taught photography and film at several universities and art institutions, including at New York University where she was Chair of the Photography and Imaging Department. Currently she is Professor Emerita in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Elaine lives in the hamlet of Denver. For several months she was photographing towns in the
Catskill area effected by the flood. She spent time in Fleischmanns, Arkville, Margaretville, and several other towns, but Prattsville, and its huge loss, was most disturbing to her. She went there  often to document its tragedy.

Her photographs are infused with sadness for the loss of the past, but also with hope as the recovery has progressed over the past year. The work represents a documentary approach—offers an unmediated visual encounter with the environment. It is also poetic. The poetic vision brings a realization that the forces of nature are much stronger and much more a part of our lives than we
remember or experience most of the time.

There will be a closing reception with the artist present on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.