Ossining, NY – “Daniel Oppenheim: Kolkata-Bengaluru Journal”, an exhibition of large-scale photographs, will open in the Gallery at Ossining Public Library on August 1, 2014. A reception will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and a gallery talk with the artist will be held on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through August 30.
The exhibition features recent, unprecedented work by Croton-on-Hudson based photographer Daniel Oppenheim, who traveled to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), India in 2012, seeking new subjects for his specialization in nature photography. Instead, Oppenheim was profoundly inspired by the human subjects he encountered, and created a new body of work that departs from his intimate, well-known images of the natural world.
“I left … for each city’s slums, where the caste of people known as ‘untouchables’ lives. One hears and sees much about the exotic colors, sounds, and scents of India, but what took me by surprise and deeply moved me were the people. What they lack in material possessions they remediate in humanity. They did not treat me as foreigner with a big camera; to them, I was a fellow human being. We met on common ground, with no barriers. I found throughout a mutual curiosity, openness, and a sincere desire to connect.”
Oppenheim was first enamored with photography in his early teens, when he created a darkroom in his home in Jerusalem, Israel, to support his professional and fine art work. His photographs are on permanent exhibition at the Hotel Allegro in Vienna, Austria, can be viewed in galleries along the Hudson Valley, and seen online at www.danOppenheim.com. His work has been collected locally and internationally.
“Daniel Oppenheim: Kolkata-Bengaluru Journal” is open Mondays and Thursdays 9 am – 9 pm, Tuesdays and Fridays 10 am - 6 pm, Wednesdays 1 pm - 9 pm, and Saturdays 11 am – 5 pm.