David Simonton
Recent Finds: Never-Exhibited Photographs

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 26, 2014    2-5pm

Exhibition dates: October 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014

Gallery hours: M-F 10-6, S 10-2
The Framer's Corner, 210 West Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510  919.929.3166

Artist Statement:
We photographers are editors, in a way, selecting from the world what’s important and/or meaningful and/or beautiful to us. And editors again as we sort through our image files—or negatives and prints, in my case—later on.

 

“Photography is editing. Editing after the taking.” —Walker Evans

 

It’s that “editing after the taking” that determines what we see of a photographer’s work, and what we make of it. What we see is but the tip of an iceberg. The bulk of the work ends up in boxes.

 

For me to discover in those boxes a picture that persists in holding my attention… well, that’s what I'm hoping for.

 

“I need to be surprised, to find a jewel.” —Ray Metzker

 

In my experience, editing prints is an ongoing and pleasurable process—evaluating, eliminating, reconsidering. Sorting and resorting. Whittling down piles, just to build them up again eventually.

 

Sylvia Plachy put it this way recently about reexamining her work: “I’m looking back and rescuing photographs that have been clamoring for attention. I’m seeking pictures that I can look at for a long time.”

 

This exhibition comprises pictures pulled out of boxes and plucked from binders and untacked from walls — recent finds among the countless pictures I’ve made traveling around the Tar Heel State.

Artist Bio:
David Simonton has photographed in more than 365 cities, towns and small rural communities around North Carolina since moving to Raleigh 25 years ago.

His other subjects have included Ellis Island in New York Harbor (1988-89), Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey (1994) and the Capitol Building in Raleigh (late-1990s). In 2003 he finished photographing the old Polk Youth Center in Raleigh, a three-year project funded in part by a commission from the North Carolina Museum of Art. And since 1989 he has been photographing in Umstead State Park, making pictures there in black and white (film) and color (digital).

Simonton's North Carolina photographs are in private collections, and in the collections of the NCMA; the Asheville Art Museum; Fidelity Investments, Boston; The Do Good Fund: Southern Photography Initiative, Columbus, Georgia and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York.

He is the recipient of two Visual Artist Fellowships from the NC Arts Council (2000, 2008). And he was a finalist for the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize (2011) and a semifinalist for the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography (2002, 2004).

David also taught photography in the Triangle for many years.

 

David Simonton: Siler City, North Carolina, May 2011 (printed 2014), gelatin silver print

Siler City, North Carolina, May 2011 (printed 2014), gelatin silver print

David Simonton: Raleigh, North Carolina, March 1998 (printed 2014), gelatin silver print

Raleigh, North Carolina, March 1998 (printed 2014), gelatin silver print

David Simonton: Salemburg, North Carolina, January 2000 (printed 2014), gelatin silver print

Salemburg, North Carolina, January 2000 (printed 2014), gelatin silver print