July 20, 2019 - September 7, 2019
Moment by Moment: The Photography of John Loengard
Date: July 20th – September 7th, 2019
“The ability of the camera to capture what I see is magic,” says John Loengard.
In this exhibit such moments range from the austere beauty of a stone in the hand of painter Georgia O’Keeffe to the grief-stricken family of Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi and the poet T. S. Eliot searching for le mot juste.
“A writer gathers material simply by talking with people; photographers cannot,” Loengard says. “Photographers and their subjects must interact. The subject must do something of interest, smack-dab in front of the camera—or there is no picture.”
In his 30-year career with LIFE magazine, Loengard’s subjects have included movie stars, writers, politicians, artists and other photographers, as well as normal people engaged in a host of activities, mundane and otherwise.
For Loengard, each situation is an opportunity to entwine the ordinary and the unexpected into something beautiful and meaningful. “My lens,” says Loengard, “marries reality to form, and my camera records their marriage. Their wedding forms a moment. The proper moment means the world to me.”
Image: John Loengard, Maya Angelou, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1992