Exhibition
September 11 - October 25, 2008

BRUCE WRIGHTON THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW 

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present Bruce Wrighton:Through an Open Window, the first comprehensive overview of Wrighton’s important yet relatively unknown career as a documentary photographer. This exhibition features fifty color photographs selected from three projects made in the mid-1980’s with an 8 x 10” camera in the vicinity of his home in Binghamton, New York: Street Portraits, Dinosaurs and Dreamboats, and St. George and the Dragon

Street portraits is a powerful yet tender series that places Wrighton in the tradition of Eugene Atget, Lewis Hine, and August Sander.  It focuses on individuals and couples who were very much part of the working class, many of whom lived outside the mainstream of society. Carnival workers, a parking lot attendant, a security guard, were among the over 75 people that willingly agreed to pose as he composed their portraits with his cumbersome 8 x 10” camera. Each of them gave something of him or herself to Wrighton, who recorded their often bruised faces and tattered clothing with affection and respect.

Dinosaurs and Dreamboats celebrates the classic American cars of the 1950’s, juxtaposed with the older architecture of Binghamton. More than simply portraits of beautiful cars, these photographs transport the viewer back in time to an era when America was optimistic, upbeat, and full of swagger.  We see a lushly painted red and white ’58 DeSoto Firedome and a blue ’59 Ford Skyliner, among others.

St.George and the Dragon represents an investigation into the power of images and icons, both secular and sacred, that Wrighton discovered around Binghamton in taverns, churches, and homes. Whether it is a glowing Wurlitzer jukebox under a floating Christ figure from a church basement, or a bucolic lake scene with a fisherman in a boat, painted on an old barroom wall, Wrighton sought to better understand the power of icons and images and how they make us focus and transcend our everyday experiences.

Bruce Wrighton lived and worked in Binghamton, New York until his death in 1988 at the age of 38.  

    

     Group 1   Bruce Wrighton Portraits   |   Group 2  Bruce Wrighton Interiors   |   Group 3  Bruce Wrighton Cars

 

 

Recreation Room, Salvation Army
Binghamton, NY, 1986
20 x 16" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 

Diner Interior, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 



The Waldorf Grill
Johnson City, NY, 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print



Basement
Holy Trinity Greek Othodox Church
Binghamton, NY, 1986
66 x 54" c-print
Edition 10

 



Paddy's Ale House
Binghamton, NY, 1987

8 x 10" vintage c-print

 


 

 


The Stag Hotel
Johnson City, NY, 1986

20 x 16" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 


San Rocco Club
Cortland, NY, 1987
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 


Sergio's Tailor Shop
Binghamton, NY, 1986
8 x 10" vintage c-print

 

 

 

 

 

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Storage, Sacred Heart
Ukranian Orthodox Church
Johnson City, NY, 1986
54 x 66" c-print
Edition 10

Booth & Fan
Yonda's Bar
Binghamton, NY, 1987
20 x 16" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 

Union Hotel, Clinton Street
Binghamton, NY, 1986
20 x 16" c-print
Edition 20

 

 

 

 

Go to Section 1  Bruce Wrighton Portraits

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