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Henry

Robert Parker




“Henry, a neighbor, wanted a photo for his children and grandchildren. He posed in a cluttered room, but all I needed was his face. This is the best in a series, for I like the pensive look, as if unaware of the camera. As in all my portraits, I used only available light, with illumination from two sides bouncing around the room.”


Robert Parker
graduated from Boston College in 1950. He has exhibited his work in such diverse venues as Farleigh-Dickinson University, the Donnell Library Center in Manhattan, the Donald Palmer Museum, the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City, and St. John's Prep, Danvers, among many others.


“One takes a risk when stating simplicity as a major theme in one’s work. Because what is simple to some may not be so to others. For me, simplicity means a visual purity, and I strive for such purity in my photography. The key to simplicity is isolation. When I isolate an image, it becomes for me more vivid, more real. In some ways, this approach is old-fashioned. It does not try to capture life, with all its inconsistencies, with all its visual contradictions. I do not find there a rationale for life, or for art. Instead, I attempt to find art in a corner of reality, an image that belongs first to itself, and second to the world around it.”