Imagining Paradise reflects a new world in Keith Carter's visionary universe. With decreased eyesight following a medical condition Mr. Carter explains: "...my current visual world is now flat and two dimensional, similar to looking at a medieval painting, and scattered with black holes, mottled shapes, sparkles, and occasional light shows..." Keith Carter's new photographs of paradise are inspired by a deterioration of the real that Keith has turned into an ideal:
"Using traditional silver-rich film and photographic papers, along with arcane chemistry and non-traditional technique, I am paying homage to the mystery of binocular vision and the history of the medium itself."
Called "a poet of the ordinary" by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter is an internationally recognized photographer and educator. Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1948, he holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He received two National Endowment for the Arts Regional Survey Grants, the Lange-Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; Texas Artist of the Year, Texas Book Festival; Texas Artist of the Year, Southeast Texas Arts Council; Texas Artist of the Year, Art League Houston; and Texas Medal of Arts (Visual Art), Texas Cultural Trust.
Working with McMurtrey Gallery for over twenty five years, Mr. Carter's photographs have been shown in over ninety solo exhibitions around the world. Fifteen monographs and one documentary DVD of his work have been published to date. His photographs are in numerous permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; FotoMuseum The Hague, Netherlands; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, Houston, Texas; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; President and Mrs. Barak Obama, George Eastman House; Art Institute of Chicago; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.