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Joel-Peter Witkin: Light to the Darkness

Night in a Small Town

Joel-Peter Witkin
courtesy Etherton Gallery

The Center for Creative Photography will be hosting a lecture and slideshow presented by famed photographer Joel-Peter Witkin. A print viewing of selected new works by Joel-Peter will follow the lecture.

Joel-Peter Witkin is a photographer whose images of the human condition are undeniably powerful. For more than twenty years he has pursued his interest in spirituality and how it impacts the physical world in which we exist. Finding beauty within the grotesque, Witkin pursues this complex issue through people most often cast aside by society—human spectacles including hermaphrodites, dwarfs, amputees, androgynies, carcasses, people with odd physical capabilities, fetishists, and “any living myth… anyone bearing the wounds of Christ.” His fascination with other people's physicality has inspired works that confront our sense of normalcy and decency, while constantly examining the teachings handed down through Christianity. His constant reference to paintings from art history, including the works of Bosch, Goya, Velasquez, Miro, Botticelli and Picasso are testaments to his need to create a new history for himself. By using imagery and symbols from the past, Witkin celebrates our history while constantly redefining its present day context. (from