Gallery Opening | Louis Jay: Passing Fancies | Thu, Mar. 7, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:00pm
Join us on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. for a gallery opening for Miami photographer Louis Jay's new exhibition, Passing Fancies.
PASSING FANCIES documents the journey of veteran photographer Louis Jay as he crisscrosses the continents to observe and record life in a few of his favorite places. Wandering the streets of Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Rio, and Miami, he captures fleeting moments in cafes and overlooked corners; on park benches and beaches; in cemeteries and churches — always finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Louis’s multi-year road trip unfolds in 27 starkly beautiful black-and-white images that incite wonder and reveal his enduring and intimate relationships with these locals.
Gerhard Clausing in his The PhotoBookJournal review of Louis’s book of PASSING FANCIES said: “It is a marvelous study of everyday moments and thus a tribute to the universality of human experience!”
This event is kindly sponsored by The Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
Born in Philadelphia, he moved to London as a young man to study photography at Harrow College of Art. Inspired by Kertész, Brassaï, and other classic documentary shooters of the 20th century, he roamed the city with his Leica camera, taking pictures of life on the streets.
Louis returned to the U.S. to continue his education with the great photographer Lisette Model at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her mantra – “Never take a picture of anything you’re not passionately interested in” – had a profound impact on him throughout his life behind the lens.
Taking a temporary break from photography, Louis entered New York University Graduate Film Institute, where he studied with the renowned Czech cinematographer, Beda Bakta. Following his graduation, he spent as an assistant cameraman on commercials and independent films in New York City. However, Louis clambered to return to his first love, photography. He subsequently launched a commercial photography business in New York City and began shooting portraits and working with advertising agencies.
In the nineties, Louis moved back to the States and established a studio in Miami’s Design District where he continued to pursue commercial and portrait work. Throughout his international career, Louis taught photography classes at schools like Parsons, the Miami Ad School, and Barry University.
In 2011, Louis retired from commercial work, and returned to photographing people and their surrounding – his true passion. A lifelong dream to curate a book of photographs culminated in his first publication, Passing Fancies (Luce Press, 2018), a meditative documentary of Louis’s fascination with the spirit, mystery, and allure of his favorite places – Miami, Paris, the Amalfi Coast, and Rio, to name a few.
To view more of Louis's work, visit his website.