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Viewing of Dean La Prairie's "Messenger" photo show


Viewing of Dean La Prairie's "Messenger" photo show

Time: January 17, 2020 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: URI-EICHEN Gallery
Street: 2101 South Halsted
City/Town: Chicago
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Phone: 312-560-3966
Event Type: social
Organized By: John Greenfield
Latest Activity: Jan 17

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Come check out "Messenger," Dean La Prairie's show of beautiful photos of the early-Nineties Chicago bike courier scene on Friday, January 17, at 6 PM. At 6:30 PM there will be a screening of Chip Williams' excellent documentary short "Concrete Rodeo," featuring conversations with three messengers during that era. Jack Blackfelt, one of the stars of the film who is also featured in Dean's photo show, will be making a special appearance at this event. Note that the gallery will close promptly at 7:30 PM.

More info about "Messenger":

In the mid-nineties, when this project was shot over a two year period, the bike messenger was a common everyday fixture of the urban experience, a flesh and blood system of communication in a pre-Internet world.

Although the familiar association the casual observer had of the messenger was one of perilous motion flitting through traffic, with a blasé disregard for its rules or conventions, Dean La Prairie decided to approach it from the static convention of the portrait- he felt it was like asking anarchy to stand still for a moment and comb its hair.

He adopted the conventionality of the square format portrait because of its contrast in presenting fluid energy in repose, as well as the square’s challenge of presenting the messenger’s natural environment; the urban landscape.

Open by appointment outside of receptions through February 7, 2019. For an appointment, call 312-852-7717.

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608

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