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Lynn Swigart: Favorites

November 28, 2014January 4, 2015

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Favorites brings together a selection of twenty-two black-and-white and five color photographs by Lynn Swigart, which are among the artist’s favorites from his distinguished career.

Lynn Swigart’s photographs offer visual delight without sentimentality or pretension. His eye for abstract beauty does not submerge but instead completes and elevates the human reality of the scene. This vision gives us works of art in which solitude and communion become united and indistinguishable, moments of contact between permanence and impermanence. “You, too, have this marvelous world passing before you,” say these photographs — a cherubic face with an infectious smile, a boy’s joyful stride with a balloon, a moon discovered in a metal tank, a cobbler at work, a turn on an empty carousel.

Lynn Swigart was born in Kansas City MO in 1930 and spent his youth in Clinton IL. He began working as a professional photographer in 1951 and has studied with photographers Minor White, George Tice, and Gus Kayafas. He began photographing in Gloucester in 1976 as he began work on a project that resulted in the book Olson’s Gloucester (LSU Press, 1980) and an associated exhibition which toured the country. Swigart’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, and his work has been collected by prestigious institutions, including the Center for Creative Photography, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the Stanford University Museum, the Illinois State Museum, and the Cape Ann Museum.