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Richard, the gallery owner
The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph has opened in Charlottesville, and it really is a playground for photographers. There are a number of exhibitions of world-class photography, both as part of the festival itself and in other local galleries that are working in partnership with it. I even have a photo hanging as a part of a show entitled “Local Works,” as a result of being a finalist in a photo contest sponsored by the Charlottesville Photography Initiative (www.cphotoi.org). As I was walking toward the Downtown Mall, which is the hub of most of the festival activities, I noticed some photos hanging in a storefront gallery that I hadn’t noticed before. Of course I went in to take a look and met Richard, a photographer who works with large format cameras and various types of photographic processes that are seen less often in the digital age. He is working on setting up a new gallery and was hanging prints on the wall while we talked. He told me that he plans on having his gallery completely finished and open for business by the end of the month, and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished space. All of the prints in his gallery were handmade and quite beautiful. As soon as his website is up and running, I’ll post a link to it. You can see some of his work here: rpippinphotography.com He has had a long career as a photographer and has a deep knowledge of the medium and of the great photographers of the past, and we spent a good long time talking about our favorites. He said that one particular photo by Manual Alvarez Bravo changed the way he looks at photos, so now I’m going to have to go back and look at Alvarez Bravo’s works again.
Manu Propia Gallery on West Main Street in Charlottesville, VA