Friday, September 14, 2018

Opening September 22 at Gallery O on H: Michael Horsley's Photos in "House of Champions"

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Gallery O on H (1354 H St. NE) will show photography from Michael Horsley for an upcoming exhibition titled "House of Champions." Even if you don't immediately recognize the name Michael Horsley (which I suspect many will), the chances are good that you have seen some of some of his photos before. Horsley is known and loved for his images that captured the District and its residents in decades past. If you love this city, or just street/documentary photography in general, don't miss this show.

“House of Champions” is an exhibition in three dimensions capturing the essence of Horsley’s mission: to forge a fleeting, momentary look at a dynamic and very personal cityscape. In the late 1970s and throughout the 80s, Horsley wandered the District with his camera, documenting a city bustling and alive despite its plywood windows and lack of attention from the federal government. Hop on the White House Tour Bus and view a Washington never seen by tourists! Wander broken bottle alleyways, junkfilled empty buildings, drink at late night diners or hang out at punk rock bars in the living and breathing city. Who knows, you might get lucky and pick up a Polaroid discarded by a tourist!

“The city I portray is the city I saw at a moment in its eventful history; it is the city that I made my own. I don’t view my photographs simply as historical documents or nostalgic time capsules. They are a collective memory of reality of a certain time. It is too easy to look at images and fixate on the past because things are different now, but when I took these images they were very much real, right in front of me and that reality continues to exist as it was... the environment that I captured is a personal city.” -Michael Horsley

Michael Horsley is a Washington, D.C. - based multimedia artist working primarily in photography. His work has been broadcast on BBC America, MSNBC, and WETA, and exhibited in the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and numerous other art spaces. His photography has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, National Journal, the Washingtonian, the Washington Post, and reviewed in ARTnews, WETA’s Around Town, Washington Post, and the Washington City Paper.

Opening reception: September 22, 7pm
On exhibit through January 11, 2019
The gallery will be open daily Tuesday - Saturday 12–5pm

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