A City to Live In

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A City to Live In

Date/Time
Date(s) - Wed, March 31, 2021 - Sun, April 25, 2021
All Day

Location
Arts League of Lowell

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The life of a city consists of millions of moments. Light glancing off a window, a press of pedestrians crossing a street, pigeons on a bench; scenes constantly shifting with the movement of light and people. The street photographer walks about, watching, evaluating, waiting until click, the shutter snaps and a moment is captured forever.

Stephen Malagodi prowls the streets of Lowell with his Leica M6 looking for such moments. Working in film demands careful composition and attention to exposure because what is caught in the 35 mm frame is what you get. No cropping. No photoshop magic.  Instead, the film is conveyed to his Western Avenue studio, where it is unspooled, carefully immersed in a chemical bath and images are coaxed to life. These negatives are then printed transforming light waves into tarnished silver forming a black and white image, and a moment is preserved.

A downtown resident, Stephen Malagodi finds a lot to photograph as he wanders. He has been taking pictures since 1980 and admires the work of classic masters of photography: Atget, Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Steiglitz, Bourke-White, and Parks, among others. All worked in black and white, and all “worthy of emulation”.

Because he doesn’t do staged or indoor studio work, the street is where he finds inspiration…or the forest, the river or subway. And his camera exposes hidden corners, odd perspectives and the habitues of the downtown streets. “I am not concerned with a ‘scene’, but rather how shapes and shadows materialize as a photo” says Malagodi.

“A City to Live In” presents over 25 of his photographs, carefully curated from the hundreds he takes and presented as a visual symphony of life in the city. Look carefully and you will find familiar scenes and also surprises.

You can meet the artist at a small reception on Saturday, April 10 from 5 to 7 PM.

Entry will be limited to ensure Covid 19 safety.

Arts League of Lowell ALL Gallery is located at 307 Market St. Lowell MA 01852.

The gallery follows all Covid 19 guidelines, and masks must be worn.

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 4 PM  www.artsleagueoflowell.org

Attached, three images from the show.

Permission given by the artist/photographer to reproduce artwork in connection with reviews and listings of this show. For more information about this show, please contact Mary Hart  mjhart206@gmail.com