02.08.14 - 06.07.14
Reception: Saturday April 5th, 7pm-12am
Scott Edwards Gallery is pleased to present Joseph Crachiola - de
troit. The title of the exhibition is an homage to the original
French settlement. Detroit - "de troit" - was founded
on July 24, 1701, by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe,
sieur de Cadillac.
“When I became interested in photography
in the late sixties I was drawn to Detroit. I would occasionally
venture downtown to Grand Circus Park or Washington Blvd or Belle
Isle. As an eighteen year old with a camera, the city seemed so
vibrant and full of life compared to the life I lived in a small
Joseph’s career in photography began in 1971 as a photojournalist
for a small newspaper outside of Detroit. He continued to live and
work in the outskirts of Detroit until 1988, when he moved to the
city. Much of his work concentrates on several specific areas of
the city; the east side, Del Ray, the Cass Corridor and Downtown.
photography is a response to the world around me in which I attempt
to search for some level of truth. Although the work is rooted in
the traditions of documentary photography, I am fully aware that
true objectivity is impossible. The truth I speak is my truth. This
collection of photographs represents what interested me; the architecture,
the streets, people on the fringe. I watched and photographed as
my beloved city deteriorated from what was once a bustling metropolis
to a shadow of its former self. I have always loved Detroit
in spite of its flaws. I always will."
Joseph’s work includes Black & White Silver Gelatin Prints
and Color Pigment Prints for sale in limited editions.
Joseph Crachiolas’ work has been exhibited in many galleries,
including the Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan),
Detroit Artists Market, Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center (Detroit),
River’s Edge Gallery (Wyandotte, Michigan), and others. The
work is held in a number of private and corporate collections, and
is included in the permanent collections of the University of Michigan
Museum of Art, the Kresge Museum at Michigan State University, the
Mira Godard Collection at the Ryerson Museum, Toronto, Canada and
the Detroit Institute of Arts.