FEBRUARY 13 - MARCH 22
David Mattox and Neal Rantoul have gone to the ends of the earth to create images that are compellingly other worldly and surprising.
"Barbarous Coasts" Reviews:
David Mattox, a newcomer to professional photography, is the owner and captain of a commercial salmon fishing operation on the Upper Cook Inlet in Alaska. Fish Camp is an ongoing series of photographs documenting the life and the work that this entails. “I have worked in this camp for a decade, first for 4 years as a deckhand, and since 2008, as a permit holder, captain and owner of my own small operation. In 10 summers spent in Alaska, of all the things I have pointed my camera at, I have become most drawn to make pictures of the people that I work with because I find the allure of Alaska’s character more prominently displayed there than anywhere else on the faces of the individuals that live its narrative season after season. This character ultimately gives view to a cultural landscape that plays out on one of the greatest stages of land, water, and horizon that I have been privileged to witness.”
Neal Rantoul, a well known and beloved Boston photographer, an emeritus professor, was head of the photography program at Northeastern University for thirty years and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University. With the boundless energy of the recently retired, Rantoul brings us to the shockingly abstract rocky cliffs of Hofsos, Iceland to bring us his newest series Rock. “In July 2013 I was awarded a one month artist-in-residency at the Baer Art Center in Hofsos, Iceland. The photographs here at 555 Gallery are part of my response to living in a supremely beautiful and special place, where in July it is light 23 hours a day.”