Submitted By: Kelly M Gross, Director
The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to present photographer David Brodsky to The David Strawn Art Gallery December 2 – 23. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 6-8 p.m. with “Gallery Talk” at 6:30 p.m. The opening reception and gallery hours are free and open to the public.
David Brodsky is internationally known award-winning graphic designer and photographer. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Brodsky graduated from the Kiev Institute of Decorative and Applied Art and Design in 1974. He started his professional journey in the field of Graphic Design, working as a Graphic Designer and Creative Director in the Soviet Union, Italy and the United States. Examples of Brodsky’s graphic work include the logo he designed for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which is still being used today.
For many years, Brodsky treated photography as what he referred to as “a kind of a visual notebook” for studies to be made eventually into paintings, which had been his first artistic love back in Kiev. It was only more recently that he realized photography itself was indeed his ideal creative medium. “I was taking pictures with a small camera and I noticed a few times that people with good cameras were following me,” he says. “One time a guy noticed that I noticed him and he apologized. He told me I had a good eye so he was following me, taking the same shots as me. I don’t know whether to consider it a compliment or not. But I started to take it more seriously.”
Brodsky’s passion for photography developed into a full obsession about a decade ago. The heart of his photographic work is a search for the soul of things. Brodsky does a lot of black & white photography as well as a color. Black & white is the medium of his dreams, memory, and emotional concentration. When color has it’s own voice to help achieve his creative objective, Brodsky uses color. The images in Brodsky’s photos are sometimes contemplative and sometimes funny, while at other times carrying an uncanny mood and striking poeticism.
“A lot of people these days don’t see photography as art because everybody has cameras,” he says. “Some people think the criteria for a photograph is technical quality – which is probably good for professional photography. But when you look at photographs made 100 years ago, there’s no sharpness, no resolution, but there is so much more to them.”
Ansel Adams said once: “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” This is what drives Brodsky’s work – a lifetime of experiences that allows him to capture telling moments that shed light on truth, emotion and humanity.
Brodsky tends to downplay the gorgeous, full-color, travelogue-style images – which apparently come to him, with his practiced graphic designer’s eye, quite naturally – in favor of his grittier and more dramatic, emotionally charged black and white photos, which are closest to his heart. “I don’t know how to classify them, they are pretty precisely framed and cropped so it’s not documentary or street photography, exactly,” he explains. “I always try to compose the image in a way that will emphasize what I felt or want other people to see.
For Brodsky photography is not a social scheme like photojournalism or photo documentary. He does not intend to document, to record, or to show what is: Brodsky is more interested in conveying his personal vision of the world, his personal take on it. Brodsky’s higher purpose is simply to touch people with his art – to open the door to their imagination, to their feelings and memories.
Gallery hours continued through December 23; Sundays 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday-Saturday 4-6 p.m.