GARY GRUBER, photography

January 4 - January 25, 2019

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CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
GARY GRUBER

EXHIBITION: JAN 4 - 25
OPENING RECEPTION: JAN 4, 5 - 8 PM

 

PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery presents a new exhibition of images by local photographer Gary Gruber, who will attend the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25.

Anyone could sit on a coffee shop patio for hours, taking pictures on their smart phone of passersby and call it street photography. But, for obvious reasons, that doesn’t rise to the level of what Henri Cartier-Bresson pioneered as an art form.

Like the famed French documentarian, Gary Gruber possesses a keen ability to intuitively isolate moments — on film with a “real” camera — of strangers’ daily lives. And, like Bresson’s, his images rendered in black and white focus attention on the most essential — and not necessarily the flashiest — moments in time.

“You walk down the street and all of the sudden all these elements come together and unconsciously you raise the camera,” Gary says. “Things happen when they’re supposed to.”

The concept of things happening when they are supposed to could explain what set Gary on the photography pathway. When he was 6 years old on vacation with his parents and they were lunching with friends, he spent an afternoon taking photos from a hotel patio with their Rolleicord twin lens reflex camera. His father subsequently bought him a Canonet rangefinder camera, which he took with him to premed school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. It was there that a friend whom he describes as a “very lively, buoyant spirit,” spontaneously jumped on the hood of an E6 Jaguar and said, “Let’s pretend I’m a fashion model and you’re a photographer.” Ultimately, Gary ended up in the journalism program at New York’s Syracuse University.

Gary shot most of his street photography, from the mid-’60s to mid-’90s, on the East Coast and in Europe. In recent years, he has turned his attention to series of images that, while still a mirror of ordinary life, have resulted in a considerably more studied approach. One of his recent subjects is a common sight in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, where Gary lives: pool-cleaning hoses snaking across the surface of the water.

“You watch them and see the way the light reflects, the effect of wind and time of day, and it creates a harmony different from everything else you observe,” he explains of his fascination with an object that others overlook.


 

Badminton Badminton
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Woman on Floor Woman on Floor
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Men on the Street Men on the Street
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Man in Dress Man in Dress
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
The Kiss The Kiss
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Two Women Laughing Two Women Laughing
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Two Chauffeurs Smoking Two Chauffeurs Smoking
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Two Young Women Swimming Two Young Women Swimming
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Young Men with Identical Caps Young Men with Identical Caps
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Man with Opera Glasses Man with Opera Glasses
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Man and Woman on Bench Man and Woman on Bench
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Girl with Cat Girl with Cat
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Women Sunbathing Women Sunbathing
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Men Sunbathing Men Sunbathing
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Woman Sunbathing Woman Sunbathing
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Man with Package Man with Package
Archival print on cotton rag paper
13 x 19 inches
 
Pensive Man Pensive Man
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Girl with No Hands Girl with No Hands
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Man Looking at Belly Man Looking at Belly
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Woman with Child Woman with Child
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Half a Man Half a Man
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Manhole Manhole
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Bob Hope Classic Bob Hope Classic
Archival print on cotton rag paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Boy on Jungle Gym Boy on Jungle Gym
Archival print on metallic photo paper
19 x 13 inches
 
Pool Hose _30 Pool Hose #30
Archival print on cotton rag paper
17 x 22 inches
 
Pool Hose _56 Pool Hose #56
Archival print on cotton rag paper
17 x 22 inches
 
Pool Hose _78 Pool Hose #78
Archival print on cotton rag paper
17 x 22 inches