Exhibition announcement: “The Idea of Man”, Oct 2-31 2015 at the Rangefinder Gallery, Chicago

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I’m pleased to announce my second exhibition of 2015: The Idea of Man, which runs from October 2-31 at the Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera, Chicago. Though the previously intended book didn’t happen (yet, we’re working on it) – a good selection of the images will make it into this exhibition as Ultraprints, which will be for sale in a limited run of 10 per image.

The Idea of Man project is my vision of the evolution of street and documentary photography: the images intentionally have multiple interpretations that are meant to challenge our societally ingrained expectations of modern life. Each image of course has a story, but rather than being an extremely personal one, they are as universal as possible – the viewer may even see themselves in the photograph. It is very much a catalog of human behaviour and thought focused around two themes – the futility and cyclicality of most of our daily tasks, and the ability to think our way into an escape. There is always hope and possibility – our ability to cognitively find a solution to a situation and imagine our way towards a different place are universally human.

The opening event is on Friday 2 October from 6-9pm and the exhibition is on for the whole month. I’m pleased that this project is finally making it into the world – let me say a huge thank you to Dan Tamarkin for making it happen. Whilst the series is by no means complete, I don’t think it could ever really be – I’ll probably still be shooting these images until the day I stop. Please swing by if you can make it, I will of course be there…MT


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Ultraprints from this series are available on request here


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  1. Well, I found an inexpensive airfare which would have permitted me to attend — but then went and spent it on your Intro to Photoshop and Photoshop 2 videos.

    Maybe someday an exhibit within easy driving distance from Atlanta. Easy for an old man bent into a Mazda Miata.

  2. This will be great! I’ll stop in for sure!!!!!!

  3. Congratulation,Ming!

    I have a question though. I’ve been a long term reader of your excellent blog. Your photography is great and inspiring. But, I want to ask why do all people in the art world including this description of the exhibition has to be incredibly pretentious with no substance at all (at least to me)?

    • My description of my own work in this post is pretentious with no substance?

    • Martin Fritter says:

      Give the man a break. He’s promoting his own work, which I think he intends to be imposing and impressive, and which I bet it is.

      • I suppose it’s unreasonable to promote one’s own work on one’s own website. You haven to be pimping somebody else’s camera these days.

  4. Martin Fritter says:

    Congratulations. I’ve purchased cameras and some lenses from Dan. Great guy.

  5. !!! Very excited to see your prints in person!

  6. It’s on the calendar. 🙂

  7. See you there, looking forward to the deep dives…

  8. Congratulations! Look forward to it. And maybe an Ultraprint to make up for the lost Masterclass.

  9. Congratulations! Most exciting!

  10. Peter Boender says:

    I’ll be there. But you knew that already 😉 Congrats BTW!

  11. Congrats!

    Coincidentally, I’ll almost certainly be in Chicago in October, so I hope to visit the exhibit. I’m looking forward to both seeing the exhibit as well as getting to see Ultraprints in person

  12. Congratulations Ming! Well deserved!


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