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February 2013

Fred Hatt

Fredhatt-2011-awakeningFred Hatt works large and fluidly. His energetic and graceful drawings of the human form are almost abstract in their grace and harmony.  Each piece is a portrait of one model. These are not different bodies sharing a setting, but different moments exposed on the same emulsion.

"When I am drawing, I am close to the large paper and cannot see the overall pattern. I am down in it, exploring whatever passage I have found for the moment. Later, looking at the drawing from a distance, I see it abstractly, as veins of color in a crystal, or as objects in a whirlwind. Then the eye discovers a face or part of a body, and that is an opening into the image, which can be traveled like a path through the woods, or like a strand of thought through the din of the chattering mind."

Jill Friedman

Jf_circus_days_1971Jill Freedman is a highly respected New York City documentary photographer whose award-winning work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others. She has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, and has contributed to many publications.  Jill Freedman is best known for her street and documentary photography, recalling the work of André Kertész, W. Eugene Smith, Dorothea Lange, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.  She has published seven books: Old News: Resurrection City;  Circus Days;  Firehouse;  Street Cops;  A Time That Was: Irish Moments;  Jill’s Dogs;  and Ireland Ever.

She says, "I’m a New York street shooter and have pictures of NYC in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that will be THE all-time drop-dead New York Book. I’m about to start taking it around to publishers. I love assignments and am ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. I’m trying to find projects that wil benefit children and animals. Animal welfare is my passion; I keep trying to get editors interested in stories of the many ways they help us. I’m still trying."