Anna Karpinski’s students exhibit at The Guild
Until March 27
Gallery @ The Guild
80 by 8, perspectives on Island documentary, is the theme of an exhibit at The Guild in Charlottetown until March 27. The show features eighty images by eight of Anna Karpinski’s students, who, during the fall and winter months, attended her course on the “Art of Documentary Photography.” With Anna, they studied the work of well-known masters such as William Klein, Josef Koudelka, Sebastiäo Sagaldo and Robert Frank, and they critiqued a selection of images each student shot during the previous week.
Anna Karpinski is a documentary or “street” photographer and writer whose exhibits have included, Keep Your Stick on the Ice: Portraits of Girls in Hockey (2014) and A Good Summer, (published as a book in 2008). Her images have seen print in a number of journals and she has been a frequent contributor to The Buzz. Her short-story, “Morning Train,” was included in Riptides: New Island Fiction (Acorn Press, 2012). A world traveler, Anna and her family moved to PEI in 2002. As she told her students, “This Island is so beautiful—there’s so much landscape that captures the attention of artists. But [photographically] there’s been very little attention given to documenting people and contemporary life here. Lionel Stevenson’s work—Elders of the Island—comes to mind, but that’s an exception.” Encouraging her students, she added, “I think more can be done.”
Midway through the course, Anna asked her students to each choose a theme and to concentrate their efforts on building collections of images exploring them. One focused his attention on the Confederation Centre city block, while another chose “workers.” The stables at the racing park was the subject for one of the students, and another built a collection of low angle images taken with a camera strapped to her pet. There are rural images as well, and the exhibit presents the best of the students’ collections featuring the photography of Rosemary Driscoll, Richard Dunphy, Arthur Jennings, Ruth Inniss, Philip Matusiewicz, Tatiana Mizerina, Rona Stewart, and Paul Vreeland.