Digital Photos exhibited at Iberia Parish Library

“Stronger With Each Other,” an exhibit of digital photographs by New Iberia photographer James Edmunds, will be on display April 15 – May 12, 2009, at the Main Library, 445 East Main Street in New Iberia, LA. The public is invited to an artist reception on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 6-8 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by the Iberia Parish Library and Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.

“Among the many things I learned from my late, dear friend Elemore Morgan Jr. was that two photographs seen together could be far more than twice as interesting as two photographs seen apart,” said Edmunds. “The juxtaposition of numerous images adds up to more than the sum of its parts.”

The images in the exhibit were made in various locations in the U.S. and Canada throughout the current decade, on a series of digital cameras as technology advanced during that period. There are about 75 color photographic prints of varying sizes in the exhibit, grouped according to connecting themes.

“The exhibit quickly evolved into a group of families as they were being selected and arrayed, and I found myself thinking of my own work as I often approach that of other photographers,” Edmunds said. “Show me one image and I see what you photographed; show me more images and I begin to see what you see. They are stronger with each other.”

Edmunds worked as a professional photographer in the 1970s before his career moved into a broader involvement in journalism that included reporting, writing, editing and publication management as well as photography. He was a regular contributor to Newsweek and other publications before co-founding The Times of Acadiana in Lafayette, LA, in 1980. He later became involved in arts management, and currently serves as consulting manager to the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) in Lafayette. A parallel path has been a freelance career in web site development, with his having created and currently managing Web Sites for several clients in the arts, government and commercial business. In each of the career arenas, photography and imagery have played some role.

“As I sorted through the possibilities for this show, a few things became obvious,” Edmunds noted. “I like to look down into roads or through openings; I am halted by a curious shape of shadow; I love the mix of personality and anonymity that defines urban life; I like to depict people, or even bugs and birds, when they are in the midst of doing something. And, I love an expanse of sky and land, sky and fields, agriculture and the heavenly clouds above.”

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