Just Loomis: Walk Away, 10 Years of Photographs May 2-25, 2009
In the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery ~ adjacent to the Walter Reade Theater lobby. Open daily 1:30 to 6pm.
Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, May 6 at 6pm
“His pictures of girls are alluring—after all Helmut Newton was his mentor. Now striking still lifes and intriguing shots of children compete with them for the spotlight.”—Elizabeth Biondi, The New Yorker.
In the ’80s and early ’90s, Just Loomis was known for his fashion work for The New York Times and Harpers Bazaar, shooting subjects including Madonna, Jennifer Connelly, and Carla Bruni for editorial spreads and ad campaigns. Then, in 1998, he walked away. This exhibit, Loomis’s first one-man show in New York, chronicles the 10 years since he left the city with his family. Focusing his camera on interior nudes, found still lifes, children, and documentary portraiture, he found a new freedom from the rules of beauty as prescribed by fashion mores. His subjects are now observed not directed, the pose replaced by authenticity.