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Dave Anderson at the Center for Photography at Woodstock

© Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson has photographed in tough places—a surviving Ku Klux Klan bastion in Texas, New Orlean’s post-Katrina Ninth Ward—but his photographs are rarely gritty. His Aperture monograph One Block, which documents the rebuilding efforts of one block of Ninth Ward residents, focuses less on the neighborhood’s despair and more on its hopes for renewal. Anderson knew that to photograph amidst such hardship he would have to tread lightly: “I was super-cognizant of ‘photographers fatigue’–people were sick of photographers showing up night and day and making grand promises,” he mentioned in a Color magazine profile. That Anderson spent time living and forming relationships with the residents he photographed is evident in the work—the subjects appear at ease, comfortable sharing their struggle to rebuild with Anderson and his lens.

Anderson produces videos as well as photographs—he is the man behind Oxford American’s SoLost web series, a video exploration of “the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South,” which so far features 29 four-to-seven minute mini-documentaries on subjects ranging from a couple constructing a medieval castle in Arkansas, to Alabama menswear designer Billy Reid, to photographer William Eggleston. SoLost is a one-man operation, which accounts for the easy rapport between Anderson’s camera and his subjects, and why these videos feel like privileged glimpses into the richness and diversity of life in the American South.

Anderson will give a lecture about his image-making projects at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, this Friday, July 13 at 8pm. If you’re in the area, it will be worth checking out.

›› Watch a video of Anderson speaking about One Block with Aperture, and head to the Aperture store if you’re interested in purchasing a copy.


Please join us this Saturday afternoon at VERVE Gallery for a bit of jazz

British born jazz drummer Bryan Lewis’ top-notch jazz trio is on for an afternoon gig on Verve’s Veranda this Saturday, June 12th from 3 to 6pm. Lewis’ trio for Saturday’s gig include Albuquerque’s Rick Bowman at the keyboard, and Santa Fe’s Dave Anderson on the saxophone and Michael Brimes on the bass. Lewis’ trio, The Three Faces of Jazz, usually plays at El Meson Restaurant on Friday evenings —- the restaurant is temporarily closed for the next two weeks for vacation.
Bryan Lewis was born in London and served in the Royal Air Force. It was while he was in the RAF that he received his first introduced to jazz. Bryan got his first gig at his father’s 200-year-old pub, The Royal Exchange. In exchange for playing at the pub on weekends, his dad purchased Bryan a drum set.
However, real Jazz was in New York, not London. Hence, at the age of 21, armed with a UK Passport that listed his profession as a “Flea Trainer”, Bryan arrived in New York with only $13.00 in shipboard bingo winnings. He walked directly to Bird Land on 52nd, where for $2.00, he listened to Dizzy Gillespie and Diana Washington, and in the second set, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The rest is history.
VERVE Gallery of Photography
219 East Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501