|Souls of Black Genius: Images of Sound and Vision
An exhibit of photographs by Anthony Barboza
Photo borrowed from Kamoinge
February 3 - March 3, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 6pm
featuring the Geneseo Jazz Combo
Kinetic Gallery, MacVittie Union.
Monday-Thursday: 8am-12 midnight
Active in the intersecting worlds of fine art photography and commercial image-making, Anthony Barboza has photographed countless images of celebrated personalities. At the same time he has created an extensive body of experimental work; and it is this personal direction that inspires this exhibition which also includes a small selection of commercial images that incorporate the fine techniques and approaches he has developed over 30 years. More than 60 images delineate his photographic journey. This exhibit features revealing artist portraits from the fields of literature, visual arts and music, and photographs of musicians in performance and in rehearsal that reflect Barboza’s experiments with light and darkness, with objects in motion, and the surreal effects of reflected background light.
Photographs of Jamaica Kincaid and Mos Def courtesy of Anthony Barboza.
Barboza, a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, arrived in New York City in 1963 at the age of 19 with a desire to pursue a career in photography and a determination to learn mostly by experience and through apprenticeships.
In 1965 Barboza was drafted and joined the Navy; and in Jacksonville Florida, he became a fulltime photographer for the Naval Base newspaper The Gosport.
Returning to New York he knocked on doors and broke barriers until he became a recognized international photographer and his images appeared on magazine and album covers and in fashionable journals. By 1975 his career was thriving; his photographs appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. Restless to pursue his own direction, between 1975-1980 he completed a series of studio portraits of well-known artists, like writers, James Baldwin and Derek Walcott, and painters Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. They are included in Barboza’s book, Black Borders, and in this exhibition.
Barboza was still developing as a serious, conceptual artist. Even though his photography was beginning to receive critical attention, he continued his efforts to weave personal threads into a clear direction.
By 1980 Barboza began frequenting the music underground in the era of some of New York’s most ambitious jazz clubs. There he became a privileged insider, accepted and befriended by many of the great musicians of the time.
In his documents of late night music, we find he was accepted into the musical sub-culture of New York’s Jazz society. As he highlights supple, subtle light paths and meanderings, the photos result in a magical combination of shape, composition and movement not unlike dance or dancing rhythmical light.
Anthony Barboza has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, The New Jersey State Museum at Trenton, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and numerous Corporate and private collections. (Anthony Barboza Press Release, 9/09)