All of Us: Portraits of the Ghent Bicentennial

Dec 5, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019

Benenson Center


Exhibition opening celebration: Saturday, December 8, 5 - 7 p.m.

In celebration of the 2018 Bicentennial of the town of Ghent, NY, Art Omi presents All of Us: Portraits of the Ghent Bicentennial, photographs of local residents taken over the last year by photographer Richard Beaven.

"By creating a snapshot of the Ghent community during its Bicentennial year, this collection of portraits provides a record for the future. Digital and smartphone technologies have enabled us to capture billions of fleeting moments yet, only a tiny fraction are intended to have lasting impact or to be printed and archived in any way. Photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are more readily to-hand, often serving as our only tactile document of history. This project is my response: a ‘box of prints in the basement’ from today which can be rediscovered and held by the community of tomorrow."

"My aim was to reflect a broad narrative of our town through those who live and work here. For nearly a year, I sought out and connected with possible subjects most of who were strangers beforehand. I photographed as diverse a representation of the community as I could find portraying each person in a similar way and describing each by name and their time connected with Ghent. I resisted any additional categorization ensuring an equal platform for all. The viewer is left to imagine and question for themselves what makes each subject unique or familiar based only on gesture, expression and setting."

"This was a humbling and deeply insightful journey for me. I thank my Ghent neighbors for their time, support and the gift of understanding that we truly have more in common than that which separates us." —Richard Beaven

Richard Beaven is a British freelance editorial and documentary photographer based in Ghent, NY. In 2011, following a career in advertising, studying people and their behavior, Richard quit for photography and has been working professionally and for personal projects since. Regular clients include The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal. His portrait work has recently featured in The National Portrait Gallery Portrait Prize (UK), Head On Photo Portrait Awards (Australia), National Press Photographers Association/Best of Photojournalism (USA) and American Photography 33.

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2019 Camp Dates

Session 1: June 24-June 28 (SOLD OUT) (email to be added to the waitlist)
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9:00-9:30 - Arrival + Morning Meeting
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