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Carrie Haddad Opens a Brave New Photography Gallery

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Since she opened her first gallery in Hudson in 1991, Carrie Haddad has been exhibiting photography as well as paintings, most recently in her eponymous gallery at 622 Warren Street.  “I have a history of showing photography and an audience for it,” she says. “But it’s hard to mix photography with paintings.  The photographs are fantastic, but when they are next to a rich oil painting—it’s hard to compete with all that glistening and texture.”

So to give it its due, photography needed a gallery of its own.  Now.  Just when everyone else is swearing off risk.  A giant leap of faith?  “Maybe it’s just smart,” says Haddad.  “With the digital age, photography is so popular—it has such a broad audience.  The 300 block of Warren is where I started with my first gallery.  It’s good to be on the same block as Nicole Fiacco Gallery and with the John Davis Gallery just up the street.  There are three or four restaurants.  We’re going to be open late, until 9, on weekends.  In summer it might be more nights.” 

Appropriately, the inaugural exhibition, which opens this Saturday evening and runs through January 11, is a study in expansiveness.  Curated by Haddad’s colleague Melissa Stafford, the show borrows its title from a 2003 song by the band The Postal Service that later was on the soundtrack of the film Garden StateSuch Great Heights contains a line that says, “everything looks perfect from far away.”  Says Stafford, “I wanted to do something really positive.” 

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Five photographers work will be featured, including John Griebsch’s aerial landscapes (“Wheatfield and Tractor”, above), Jefferson Hayman’s nostaligia-inducing photographs of airships floating in the New York City sky (right), and works by photographers Vincent Laforet and Keith Loutit, both of whom use tilt-shift lenses to distort their images’ depth of field.  Loutit pushes the envelope by using time-lapse photography to make thousands of stills, which he then turns into videos.  The team Kahn & Selesnick, who photograph their own elaborably staged semi-fictional historical narratives, will also be in the show.
   
Carrie Haddad Photographs
318 Warren Street; 518 828 7655
Opening reception Saturday, November 29, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday & Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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