Marigny: Life Below Canal Street
Beginning on Feb. 1, 2009, Baton Rouge Gallery’s walls will be filled with everything from hidden symbols and patterns to street scenes and the fantastical. Paulo Steven Diniz, Randell Henry, Brian Kelly and Tom Richard are the four Baton Rouge Gallery Artist Members featured for the Month of February.
A First Wednesday Opening Reception will be held in the honor of art and artist featured in February’s exhibition on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 26 and will be open to the public from 12 – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Paulo Steven Diniz was born in Texas and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ever since Diniz borrowed his father's SLR camera in the late 1960's, photography has been both a companion and a passion in his life. Schooled as an engineer in the U.S., Diniz’s photography proved a discipline of the arts not yet embraced by any of members of his artistic family which include painters, architects and ceramicists. Soon he was shooting slides of friends, documenting surfing travels and sailing regattas in Brazil. Years later, while studying photography at Louisiana State University, Diniz became obsessed with the black and white print. Diniz has been an Artist Member of Baton Rouge Gallery since 2003. With avid travel, Diniz has sharpened his skills as a street photographer, allowing him to blend in with his subjects and their surroundings.
Travels continue to provide inspiration and subject matter to Diniz’s work as well as places close to home. Diniz’s exhibition, Marigny: Life below Canal Street, was inspired by recent intimate exposure with life as a resident of New Orleans. The exhibit’s theme deals with a facet of New Orleans that, until recently, was unknown to Diniz. His photographic essay captures the laid-back urban flavor and camaraderie in his tiny Faubourg Marigny community. The rarely posed photographs depict common local subjects in uncommon moments and unexpected scenes. All images are shot on film, and printed using traditional archival silver gelatin methods.
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