I’d like to invite you to my upcoming photo exhibition, “From Our Windows: Polaroids by David Firman” at the Winnipeg Architectural Foundation (WAF), 266 McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg.
“From Our Windows” is a personal story of life contained within four walls. Set during the early days of COVID-19, the story explores the relationship of sanctuary to the now-viral world outside, separated yet connected through thin sheets of glass. In the late 1970s, photographer André Kertész was living a parallel narrative. Old age and isolation—his wife had recently passed—left him looking through the window of his New York apartment, a story he told through Polaroid pictures and his 1981 book, “From My Window”. Separated from Kertész’s by forty years, I see my work as a synchronous search for beauty in the face of loss.
The show runs April 1-29 and will be open for viewing noon to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
On April 1, 7:00 to 9:00 PM there will also be an ‘alfresco’ opening, meaning that I will greet you on the street in front of the WAF gallery.
Note that, due to the tight exhibit space, masks are required and access is limited to two people per visit.
I’d love to meet you at the opening but feel free to pay a visit anytime during the month of April. And, if you can’t get to the show, all the photos can be viewed on my website, www.firmangallery.com.
Lastly, there is a companion book, “From Our Windows” available for purchase at the opening or on my website www.firmangallery.com.
There should be nothing surprising about today’s walk to St. Boniface for a bowl of ramen at Dwarf no Cachette. These are well-trod, familiar paths between home and downtown and, just beyond that, St. Boniface. I’ve spent years and years trekking up and down Portage Avenue, taken thousands of ambles through Wolseley, West Broadway, Downtown and the Exchange District. There is a comfortable numbness that can set in to a walk through familiar territory. An expectation of what we know lies around the corner rather than the surprise and delight or trepidation over a new discovery around an unknown corner.
I need to rediscover, re-explore, re-think as I walk to St. Boniface. It’s an unusually warm day for February in Winnipeg. A delicate mist veils distant buildings. Overcast skies flatten the scene. Perhaps this will help the seeing process. Continue reading →
On September 17, 2015, an exhibition of my latest photographic project, Night Atlas, will open at the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. I’ll be at the opening, which runs from 7:00-10:00 PM so, if you have a chance, drop by and say hello.
Here are the details:
Night Atlas: Photographs by David Firman
September 17 to October 31, 2015
Opening: Sepember 17, 7:00 PM Winnipeg Architectural Foundation
266 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg