'Year One': A visual reflection of the first year of the Trump presidency
Year One, an exhibition curated by Redux Pictures in collaboration with SVA BFA Photography and Video, features work from Redux Pictures, VII, NOOR, and the New York Times reflecting on events in the first year of the Trump presidency.
Mark Peterson‘s photographs capturing the tension and anger in Charlottesville, Va., were the catalyst for this exhibition. On Aug. 12, 2017, a gathering of white nationalists took a deadly turn when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, killing one of them. Peterson’s work is a testament to his skill and the patience needed to capture a moment. T.J. Kirkpatrick’s photo of Trump uses light and thoughtful placement of the subject to leave meaning open to interpretation. In a year full of protests, Sam Hodgson‘s protester dressed as Lady Liberty sums up what it is to go out, make your voice heard and stand up for what you believe, while Tomas van Houtryve’s woman holding a placard has a timeless quality. Doug Mills’s behind-the-scenes view of government, photojournalists at work and James Comey testifying allows for a multiperspective during a key moment in history. Al Drago’s shadowy image of Steve Bannon captures the mysterious figure in silhouette. A visible divide is evident in Sam Hodgson’s comic image of an inaugural parade worker and a president who directed his campaign to the average American worker. Finally, Damon Winter’s Melania Trump in Ralph Lauren offers a bold simplicity and use of color in this different perspective on the inauguration.
Other photographers represented in the exhibition include Edu Bayer, Nina Berman, David Butow, Radhika Chalasani, Annabel Clark, Jesse Dittmar, Melissa Golden, Josh Haner, Ron Haviv, Andrew Hetherington, Raymond M. Jones, Ed Kashi, Roger Kisby, Kevin D. Liles, Dina Litovsky, Andrew Magnum, Bob Miller, Christopher Morris, Julie Winokur and William Widmer. (Redux Pictures)
“Year One” is on view through Feb. 9, 2018, at SVA BFA Photography and Video Department, 214 E. 21st St., 2nd Floor Gallery, New York, New York.
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