In the Galleries: April 2022

Highlighting photography exhibits and photo-related happening in the Philadelphia area.

It’s been a few months since the last installment of “In the Galleries.” While the pandemic continues to keep options somewhat limited, there are nevertheless several excellent exhibits here in Philly at the moment. Both are well worth seeking out.

Gravy Studio‘s current exhibit, on view in the lobby of 2424 Studios, spotlights Philadelphia-based photographer Martin Buday‘s Prophetic Kingdom. In his debut project, Buday seeks out the surreal in the mundane, exploring offbeat places and creating thoughtful images that range from satirical to sublime. The photographs (mostly in color, with several notable exceptions) generally tend to be devoid of people, but the human presence is keenly felt in each. Prophetic Kingdom was recently published as a monograph by Daylight and the book has been receiving a good deal of critical acclaim. Highly recommended.

The Halide Project’s Pop-Up Pinhole Photography Exhibition celebrates the alternative photographic process in spectacular fashion. The gallery put out an open call to anyone who wanted to participate, free of charge. In response, artists submitted a wide variety of works that feature a range of pinhole processes and run the gamut from landscapes to street photography. There isn’t a weak image in the show–all the more impressive, considering it was non-juried–and the arrangement of the pieces on the walls provides a nice sense of cohesion. The exhibit is only up for several more days, so don’t sleep on this one! The closing reception is timed to coincide with Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, on Sunday April 24th from 4-7pm.

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