Floating Head by James Autery, 2001
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A solo exhibition of photographs by James Autery opens at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, June 6, 2015, with a reception with the artist from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, July 5, 2015.
James Autery started photographing and printing in the darkroom in high school at the age of 16. While attending the University of Missouri-Columbia, he created a portfolio of intimate black and white images following the Lee family, Korean immigrants newly arrived in Missouri, to examine their daily lives and interconnectedness as a family. One of these images was a finalist in the 2006 Gordon Parks International Photography Competition.
“I believe in obtaining consent to photograph, if possible” says Autery. “If someone asks me not to photograph them, I don’t try to convince them otherwise. I want my subjects to have their guard down, so I can capture a moment of self-reflection. It gives the sense that there’s a story to be told, concerning the subject and concerning humanity.”
After college, Autery traveled around the United States working on various projects. His work has been shown at the MPLS Photo Center, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, and fototazo photography + microgrants. Based in New York, Autery is currently working on producing and directing a documentary film.
The Hudson Opera House offers a year-round schedule of arts and cultural programming in the former Hudson City Hall, which houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater. Ongoing programs include concerts, readings, lectures, exhibitions, theater and dance presentations, after-school programs, workshops, classes, and community arts events like the annual Winter Walk on Warren Street.