Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sergio Larrain: A Book Exhibition at the Eye Studio Gallery

5B4 Photography and Books and the newly founded Eye Studio Gallery presents an exhibition of the books of the Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain. This is the first in a series of exhibitions that will celebrate artists whose works have produced great photographic books but due to the rarity of most of the publications, they do not often get seen in person.

On view from Thursday September 27 until November 22, this exhibition brings together Larrain’s classic photographic essays that have been the subject of his books in extremely rare titles such as El Rectangulo En La Mano, Valpariso and Una Casa En La Arena. An opening reception will be held on Saturday 29th from 6 to 8pm.

Born is Santiago de Chile in 1931, Sergio Larrain photographed from the late 1950’s through to the late 1960’s until giving up photography for the pursuit of higher knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. Larrain became a member of Magnum photo agency in 1960 and his work has been the subject of six major books and several magazine essays, most of which will be on display in this exhibition.

The Eye Studio Gallery is an exhibition and work space for the photographers Ed Grazda, Jason Eskenazi, Jimmy Katz, Doug Sandhage and Jeffrey Ladd. The exhibition schedule will alternate between presenting original works of these photographers and other exhibitions dedicated to the widening awareness of the photobook as a work of art.

The Eye Studio Gallery is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district at 526 West 26th Street in suite #507 on the fifth floor. Besides specific event dates or opening reception times, the gallery will be open by appointment only. Appointments can be arranged by calling (212) 242-1593.

So save the date of Saturday September 29th and stop by during the opening reception and say hello. This is a book related event that should not be missed by anyone wanting to see the work of this remarkable but relatively obscure artist.