Early Works: Curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti Jelen

Sol Mednick Gallery

“Early Works” is an exhibition that examines the naive imagery made by contemporary photographers when they were children. These early images often reveal surprising talent, visual intuition and honesty. Kept for many decades in shoeboxes and faded albums, the images are often cherished belongings that play a key role in defining the self as artist. This exhibition is a close look at photographers' earliest works, paired with personal narratives about the images and their role in each photographers' development as an artist. Curators Laura Valenti Jelen and Laura Moya were interested in revisiting the moment when other contemporary photographers first connected with the medium. They were curious about what childhood images might reveal about the nascent stages of creative vision. “Early Works” includes images by Corey Arnold, Roger Ballen, Douglas Beasley, Steven Beckly, Sheri Lynn Behr, Lori Bell, Jesse Burke, Richard S. Chow, Joseph Deiss, Maureen Drennan, Deena Feinberg, Gloria Baker Feinstein, Rich Frishman, Michael Jang, Zoltan Jokay, Ann Kendellen, Lewis Koch, Hannah Kozak, Varese Layzer, Phoebe Lickwar, Jim Lommasson, Anne Leighton Massoni, David Pace, Stephen Perloff, Jaime Permuth, Alexis Pike, Jordan Reznick, Trix Rosen, T. Scott, Jack Semura, Frederick Sharpe, Marsha Stewart, Stephanie Williamson and Charlyn Zlotnik.

Laura Moya has been director of Photolucida for the past six years. She has juried for Critical Mass, Blue Sky Gallery's Northwest Drawers, United Photo Industries and PhotoPlace Gallery. She has curated exhibits at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland (“Photo Alchemy: An Exhibition of Alternative Process Photography” and “Resurrection: A New Look at Old Photographic Processes”), at the Lishui International Photo Festival in China (Desiree Edkins, Lori Vrba), and the Xiang Sha Wan Photo Festival in Inner Mongolia (Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Nancy Newberry, Jane Alden Stevens). Moya has also written pieces for Finite Foto (Lisa Law, Taj Forer), Griffin Museum's “Critic's Pick” (Chris McCaw), and Photo-eye's blog (Lucas Foglia).

Laura Valenti Jelen is a photographer, curator, educator and arts director based in Portland, Ore. She has served as a reviewer at portfolio review events such as Review Santa Fe, Houston FotoFest and Photolucida. Valenti Jelen has juried for Critical Mass, Center's Director's Choice Awards, Photo District News, The Oregonian, Midwest Center for Photography, Rangefinder Magazine and more. For many years, Valenti Jelen worked as program director and co-curator at Newspace Center for Photography. Currently, she works as outreach director at Photolucida, a nonprofit that works to make connections between emerging photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. Currently, Valenti Jelen is curating a major northwest landscape photography exhibition for the Oregon Historical Society.

Reception: September 11, 4 – 7 p.m.

Above: "Child in Driveway" by Stephen Perloff.

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211 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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