The Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, is pleased to announce an important exhibition of historic Civil Rights photographs by Dan Budnik. These heartbreaking and triumphant images of non-violent protest in America during the 1950s and 1960s will be on display in honor of Black History Month and in recognition of the early, heroic efforts of voting rights activists who helped to make the election of President Barack Obama possible. Budnik, who documented three historic civil rights demonstrations – the Youth March for Integrated Schools (October 1958); the March on Washington (August 1963); and the Selma to Montgomery March, Alabama (March 1965) – recorded both the celebrated leaders of the movement like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the young freedom fighters and student demonstrators who collectively, resisted a segregated South.
The exhibition Marching the Dream: American Civil Rights Photographs by Dan Budnik, 1958, 1963, & 1965 will include over 35 black-andwhite and color photographs and opens Friday February 20, 2009 with a public reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The artist will be in attendance at the opening.
Budnik was born in New York in 1933 and attended the Arts Students League in New York (1951 -53). His prestigious career as a photojournalist was shaped largely by his intimate and sympathetic portrayals of the Abstract Expressionists of the New York School, by these timely images of the key figures and events surrounding the Civil Rights movement of the late 1950s and '60s, and by his environmental activism on issues such as the strip mining of sacred Hopi and Navajo lands. As a recipient of one of photography’s most prestigious awards, the 1998 American Society of Media Photographers Honor Roll, Budnik’s name now joins ranks with past recipients such as Arnold Newman (1996), Eliot Porter (1981), Henri Cartier-Bresson (1972), Ansel Adams (1966), Dorothea Lange (1963), and Paul Strand (1963). Budnik’s memorable imagery has been featured in prominent fine arts and culture magazines such as Art in America, Life, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Time, and Newsweek among others. His photography is in the permanent collections of the following selected museums: Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum; Portland Museum of Art (Portland, OR and Portland, ME) and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among other prestigious institutions and collections.