ATHENS, Ohio -- "The first photograph that I saw by Lloyd was of an older man, sitting in his bedroom, holding a can of beer, and looking directly into the camera. In this picture I found the simplest-and therefore the strongest-version of a story that since my arrival in America has struck me as the mother of all stories: the story of loneliness." -Rajko Grlic, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Film and guest curator of Face to Face.
"Face to Face: the Photography of Lloyd Moore" opens in a premier exhibition at the Kennedy Museum of Art on April 8. This startling and straightforward exhibition of large format color and black-and-white photographs will be on view through May 18.
Lloyd Moore spent his lifetime as a lawyer in the small Appalachian river town of Ironton, Ohio. Also an avid photographer, Moore documented his clients, friends, family and co-workers. These photographs form a unique and valuable document of the lives of people in southeast Ohio during the second half of the 20th century. His work is significant for its quality, as well as for the stories about the people that he knows in Ironton.
Moore's approach to photography is direct. He doesn't alter his images to fit established cliches. He doesn't attempt to defend his subjects or present them as victims of difficult circumstance. The stories he reveals with his lens are simple, direct and real.
"Few photographers are ever given such a gift by the people they photograph," said Grlic. Even fewer know how to return this gift with the affection that Lloyd has put into his photographs."
Technically exquisite, Moore's photographs evidence a tremendous eye for composition, but more importantly, they display a highly sensitive human touch. He takes us on a journey, directing our sight by the way he photographs his subjects and tells their stories.
An international filmmaker and Ohio University professor of film, Grlic was inspired to create an exhibition of Moore's photographs while developing a book based on these captivating, enigmatic yet highly personal portraits. "As I listened to his stories and looked at his pictures, I asked myself, 'Do such photos have any chance of survival in a world in which idealized images of idealized people seem to be more important than the world itself?' To answer this question, I suggested to Lloyd that we start to select some photos having in mind different paths and mediums to present them. He agreed and we started a long series of sessions in his kitchen. "Face to Face" is a distillation of those kitchen gatherings."
The photographs are accompanied by a film and audio installation created by Grlic and produced by David Urano, Ohio University Communications and Marketing. To contextualize the photographs, the film and installation incorporates interviews with Moore and leads the viewer through vignettes of the town and the people of Ironton. This installation is a special collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the Kennedy Museum of Art.
The exhibition is curated by Rajko Grlic and organized by the Kennedy Museum of Art. It is co-sponsored by the 1804 Fund, College of Fine Arts Creativity Through Technology Initiative, and Ohio University Communications and Marketing.
A Kennedy Museum "Members Only" poster signing will be held at the Kennedy Museum on April 11 from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Additional programming includes a gallery talk and walk-through the exhibition by Lloyd Moore and Rajko Grlic on April 24 at 6 p.m. For Friends of the Kennedy Museum membership information call (740) 593-1304.
The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Pre-arranged guided tours are available to community and school groups with advance notice. For information or to book tours call (740) 593-1304. For more information please visit our Web site at www.ohiou.edu/museum.