"I see what you see, but I see more.”
(Luigi Giussani)


Face-to-face meetings with the photographers in the exhibit space:

Tony Vaccaro:
Saturday, January 14, 11:00 a.m.
Marcello De Masi:
Saturday January 14, 2:00 p.m.
Carrie Boretz:
Sunday, January 15, 4:30 p.m.

The art of taking pictures through the eyes of photographers: Carrie Boretz, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Marcello De Masi, Howard Finkelson, Ken Heyman, and Tony Vaccaro. The exhibit will be presented by curators Mark Bussell and Simonetta d'Italia on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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Our first encounter with reality is through our senses. The sense of sight, in allowing us to recognize and appreciate reality, opens up the possibility to both establish a relationship with the real that surrounds us, and to intuit the presence of a meaning within it. In this way, reality shows itself to be pregnant with a surprising positivity for the promise of the meaning it conveys by revealing itself to our eyes. The photographers featured here have relentlessly pursued that glimpse of positivity that lies in the flesh of often dramatic circumstances. Their art, then, becomes the physical encounter between their thirst for meaning and the promise that emerges from the concreteness of reality, which happens in the span of a shot, the “decisive moment” where reality suddenly makes sense, coincides with itself, and can finally be contemplated. The same positivity of existence that photography affirms is what led Fr. Giussani to affirm: “Reality never betrayed me.” With this in mind, we have asked Tony Vaccaro, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Ken Heyman, Carrie Boretz, Howard Finkelson, Marcello de Masi, and Jen Cacciola to verify together the truth of this claim through their work. 

We are fortunate to have as a guest of honor Mark Bussell, former Picture Director of The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, who will accompany us in this adventure of vision.

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