This past weekend I had an enjoyable happening. I found out that local photographer, Guy Mendes, currently has an exhibition of his work, 40/40, at Institute 193 in Lexington. Unfortunately I missed the opening, however I was able to make it to his book signing at the Morris Book Shop the following day. I was delighted to meet and say hi to guy, as well as purchase a signed copy of his new book of portraits, 40/40 Forty Years of Forty Portraits. If you're familiar with the Lexington photography and/or arts scene, then you will find out about Guy and probably know a large number of the people that are featured in his book, from James Baker Hall to Ashley Judd.
Another unique aspect of the project is that Guy raised funds for the book through Kickstarter, an online funding platform that allows nearly anyone to raise money for projects. 40/40 is a perfect example. It allows for people to invest in your projects in many ways, as well as receive possible specialized perks for helping to get a project off the ground. You can take a look at Guy's Kickstarter page here.
What makes this all the more special is this work's relation to the upcoming Special Topics class, Portrait and Lighting. Guy has put together an outstanding collection of portraits from across his lifetime that includes insightful and personal text about each image. It is both an excellent example of fine photography and perhaps a springboard for students to consider in their own work.
To find out all about Guy's work, consider reading Institute 193's blog post documenting the project. And if you get a chance, go by to see the show which is up from now until January 29. Institute 193 is located at 193 N Limestone Lexington.