News and Views from Dave Wilson

Arthur Meyerson at Alpha & Omega Gallery

by on Apr.03, 2009, under Photography

Last night, I was fortunate enough to attend a wonderful lecture by Houston-based photographer Arthur Meyerson prior to the opening of his show, “The Color of Light” at Alpha & Omega Photography Gallery in Austin.

Meyerson’s impressive list of awards includes gold medals from the New York Art Directors Club and Photo/Design Magazine, a Stephen Kelly Award for his work on a Nike advertising campaign and being named by Nikon in their “Legends Behind the Lens” list. Looking at his photography, it is obvious that these (and many other) awards are merited – his images are simply stunning.

The exhibition comprises prints of around 75 images spanning a 30 year career and showing a diverse set of skills. They range from tightly cropped portraits through large prints from panoramic cameras all the way to some incorrectly processed Kodachrome which yielded surprisingly appealing, textured results. All the photographs show a superb grasp of shape and light. Most compositions include very strong geometric elements and saturated colours but, very effectively, most also include a human touch – a single small figure seen from above standing on a Japanese pedestrian crossing, a lone child looking out from a small balcony in a Hong Kong high rise, a runner silhouetted against a sunrise crossing a metal bridge.

Although many images feature bold shapes, saturated colours and strong light, several beautiful photographs featuring soft or low light are also included. One particularly memorable image is taken from the air over Los Angeles and features perpendicular rows of side-lit palm trees rising through a layer of smog. This description doesn’t do it justice but the effect is beautiful. Another similar aerial of Manhattan shows the silhouettes of midtown and downtown skyscrapers rising above a layer of fog.

If you are a photographer in the Austin area and in need of some inspiration, this is a show you can’t afford to miss. This is some of the most impressive photography I have seen. Meyerson’s images are the accomplishment of my own aspirations – his photographic taste and mine are very similar with the exception that he is showing prints of the shots that I only dream of!

The exhibition opens on April 4th and runs until the beginning of May.

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