This is the first show for the Light Room Gallery’s 2011 season and it is our most ambitious to date, with over 50 images spanning the last 20 years and both coasts of the U.S. The depth, intensity, and humanity seen in Mr. Corbin’s portraits weigh-in heavily on the continued relevance of documentary street photography. Some of Mr. Corbin’s images are of everyday people, but most of his work focuses on those that live on the edge of society, the homeless, prostitutes, and substance abusers. The gallery curator said of Mr. Corbin’s work;“The casual observer might see it as exploitive, but that is not the case. Ron doesn’t just snap a picture, he gets to know his subjects, and has photographed some of the same people over many years. Some of it is raw and gritty, others playful, but he also portrays dignity and you can sense a feeling of vulnerability that would normally be guarded”
“I personally think these are wonderful people because they are real people. Pretentiousness doesn’t exist with these individuals”, according to artist, Ronald Corbin.
About the Photographer: Ronald Corbin, born 1943 in Salisbury MD in 1943. He moved to West Philadelphia, PA in 1956. He lived there until joining the Marine Corps in 1961. He served twenty years including the Vietnam War. Although introduced to photography at an early age, Ron did not pursue photography in earnest, until after he retired from the Military. His work is featured in both private and public collections including the Los Angles Counter Museum Of Art’s permit ate collection.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 18, 5 to 8PM
Artist Gallery Talk: Saturday, March 5, 2 to 4PM
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 3, 1 to 5 PM
The Light Room, Philadelphia’s only co-operative organization, dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the photographic arts by creating an environment for discussion through education, exhibitions and a darkroom facility. Examples of some of Mr. Corbin’s photographs can be seen at http://web.me.com/rondcorbin/Site/Welcome.html