HOUSTON, TX - Houston Center for Photography is proud to announce the exhibition of Scott Dalton's Journeys in García Márquez’s Colombia. Dalton is the 2010 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship recipient and this is the first time the work has been exhibited. The exhibition will be on view at HCP in Galleries X&Y from May 7 - June 27, 2010 with an artist talk and dialog with Juror Brian Paul Clamp of ClampArt (New York, NY) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday May 7 preceding the opening reception.
Exploring the people and places that inspired Gabriel García Márquez’s 1967 book One Hundred Years of Solitude, Dalton has created a body of work that represents the essence of Macondo, the fictional town in which the book is set.
This year's Juror, Brian Paul Clamp of ClampArt (New York, NY) writes:
The setting for Márquez’s seminal novel is the fictional town of Macondo, and as Dalton writes, “With its surreal charm, [Macondo] represents the uniqueness of Colombia: eccentric and eclectic, timeless and earthy, a place where truth and fiction, myth and reality merge.” And with the book strongly in mind, Dalton traveled through the tiny towns along Colombia’s coast to find the essence of Macondo.
Nonetheless, despite Dalton’s inspiration, his series of photographs can be duly enjoyed without a familiarity with One Hundred Years of Solitude. In essence, what the artist portrays is a richer, more accurate portrait of a country that has been historically painted with ambivalence as either a nostalgic tropical paradise or a corrupt, blood-splattered battleground in the grip of powerful drug lords. Dalton’s vivid, saturated images reveal a culturally vibrant country full of personalities and people who are certainly facing extreme challenges but also managing to celebrate life to its full extent.
Scott Dalton is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Houston, Texas. He has spent several years living and working throughout Latin America, including a decade in Colombia, where he photographed the civil conflict and drug war. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Harper's, Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker, among many other publications. His documentary film La Sierra, about the lives of paramilitary gang members in Medellin, Colombia won numerous awards and had a North American theatrical release as well as being broadcast on PBS, BBC and many other networks worldwide.