Photos capture how we live
Special to The Seattle Times
This is the last weekend to see the Seventh Annual Photocloset Group Exhibition at the Pound Gallery. Photocloset is a shared darkroom that members pay to have 24-hour access to, a rare resource in Seattle. In the tradition of social documentary photographers of the '50s and '60s such as Dorothea Lange and Helen Levitt, Megan Joplin's suite of three black-and-white photographs, "Bria," "Phoenix" and "Cousin," are unself-conscious and capture a distinct time and place.
And unlike a lot of contemporary photography, Joplin's work isn't experimental, doesn't draw attention to photographic process and doesn't overexplain what the viewer is seeing, or supposed to see. The viewer is actually expected to work, and determine the narrative on their own. These are the kind of pictures people will look at 50 years from now to see how we lived.
Other artist/members in the exhibition include Christine Taylor, I.H. Kuniyuki and Cristine Larson.