Concurrent Photography Exhibits: Local/Native and 45 Years in Black and White

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces new concurrent photography exhibits, August 14-September 19.

Hannah Scott is an emerging artist in Staunton.  Her body of work titled Local/Native features diptychs of area women in their “armor” of make-up and business clothes and an accompanying image au nature.  Well-known area photographer Saul Harris’s exhibition is a retrospective of black and white images taken over his 45 year career.   

H.E. Scott Artist’s Statement and Bio:

Card Miranda croppedHistorically, women have always been interesting to artists.  Women, for most of human civilization, have been both blessed and cursed with the ability to transform appearances.  Somewhere along the line, keeping up appearances became a duty.  Modern women are no different than those muses of old.  We adorn, we primp, we prime our surfaces. We put on our faces and we smile because we want the world to see.  As a woman, I am interested in the many masks we make.  As an artist, I am intrigued visually by contrasts and contradictions of how women present ourselves to society.  This body of work is an investigation of that interest.

The importance of this exhibition focuses squarely on the significance of the visual dialogue between each woman’s public and private persona, no matter how far apart or close together the two may be.

A photographer who I greatly admire once said, “Is it what photographs tell us or what they don’t tell us that makes them remarkable.”

Hannah Scott received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Mary Baldwin College with concentrations in Painting, Photography and Printmaking with a minor in Art History. She is currently employed as a curator, lives in downtown Staunton, Virginia and has plans to continue her education in graduate school with hopes to teach studio art on the collegiate

Saul Harris Bio:

Man-On-Bench,-by-Saul-HarrisSaul Harris is a fine art black and white photographer, who has been taking photographs with his film camera for over forty five years. Saul bought his first camera, a Canon FTQL, in 1969 and has used this camera since then developing his own unique style. He has carried this same camera with him since then in Chicago, Israel, Newport, Rhode Island, and Harrisonburg, VA, all places that he has lived. He currently makes his home in Harrisonburg, where he has raised his four children, who have had to tolerate his frequent use of the camera and who have helped him develop a fine head of grey hair. He develops his photos and prints them on high quality, archival photographic paper.

Saul does not travel far from his home to take most of his photos. He observes the beauty of the “unobserved” in his neighborhood and community and focuses on this as a portrait. He sees the beauty in front of him, captures the composition and records this on film. His main focus has been on cityscapes, but since his move to Harrisonburg, Virginia, he has combined cityscape with the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Some of the photographs represent humor, and some contradictions, but most represent the integration of man and his environment. He continues to observe the simplicity and beauty around him as it is and not through any manipulation.

Saul has exhibited his photographs in Blacksburg, Virginia, at the Franklin Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA, at the Kronos Gallery in Staunton, VA and in the WMRA Studios in Harrisonburg, VA. He has exhibited and sold his photographic works in Dayton, Staunton, Waynesboro, Portsmouth, and Richmond, VA as well as in Wickford, RI and has won awards in the Staunton and Waynesboro art shows.

Saul is a self-taught photographer. He has a bachelor’s degree from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. He has worked as a clinical social worker and a school social worker for his professional career and was a stay at home father for seven years. He is currently retired from his social work career.