Marcus Bleasdale Exhibits in New York
Marcus Bleasdale exhibits photographs from his decade of photojournalism in two new shows in New York. A solo show of his work from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on at Anastasia Photo on the Lower East Side. He is also part of the group show, "Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker" at Howard Greenberg Gallery.
Bleasdale's self-titled show at Anastasia Photo is from ten years of recording the daily life of a country in a brutal civil war. In classic black and white, the photographs in the show put the focus on the country's children, many of them orphans. Bleasdale captured them swimming, showering, sitting behind a mosquito net for a doctor, and riding a bike with a rifle slung over their shoulder. In an effort to further the discussion about the events the photographs depict, Anastasia Photo couples each exhibition with a philanthropic organization. For Bleasdale's show they will be donating an orphanage in Congo. Bleasdale says of the exhibition, "I am thrilled with the exhibit in Anastasia Photo and even more thrilled that the gallery breaks the mould and sponsors a charity with the gallery sales. This time an orphanage in Eastern Congo I helped finance is the choice, and I really hope the images it has taken over 10 years to produce will go towards helping the 130 kids in St Kizito."
Elisabeth Biondi, the former visuals editor at The New Yorker, curates the group show at Howard Greenberg Gallery. The magazine only started publishing photographs in 1992 and Biondi was hired in 1996 to expand the magazine's photgraphy. The exhibition includes work from staff photographers, portrait photographers, photojournalists, and a historical section of rarely seen photographs. Bleasdale's photograph of refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan is included in the photojournalism section. He says of the show, "it is such an honor to be a part of this extraordinary collection of images from the New Yorker curated by Elisabeth Bioni. She is one of the most significant directors of photography of our time and to be included in this show was nothing less than a privilege."
"Marcus Bleasdale" is on at Anastasia Photo until October 21st. Visit the gallery's website for more information.
"Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker" is on until October 22nd. Visit the gallery's website for more information.
See more of Marcus Bleasdale's photography here.