Friday, August 21, 2009 by Keith
PRESS RELEASE JOSEPH SAXTON GALLERY
Keith Berr, an award winning photographer with studios in Cleveland, Ohio and Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a very special exhibition of photography titled Ruins and Life. The exhibition, will be featured in the Joseph Saxton Gallery Located in the Canton Arts District at 520 Cleveland Ave. NW This is the first exhibition by a contemporary artist at the amazing new gallery.
Ruins and Life features a series of photographs by Berr that reflects his personal stories and experiences as well as history and life in Southeast Asia, from the temples and streets of Cambodia to the waters of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. The photographs included in this exhibition are part of a personal series of images Berr captured in Southeast Asia while he and his partner Linda Barberic were exploring the in Cambodia. Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, this temple represents one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. A symbol of Cambodia, it is the only temple to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The structures one sees at Angkor today are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were built of wood and are long since decayed and gone. Inspired by the iconic nature of the sculptures within the temple and the spirit of the people he encountered, Berr has captured the essence of a people and a culture that has endured for centuries. From the streets of Cambodia, Thailand, to the waters of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, these photographs also reflect the struggles, the rewards and the story of the impermanence of human existence
The photo below is opening night at this amazing gallery.