Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
February 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Photographers have used their cameras to explore the faces of friends, loved ones, passing strangers, cultural icons and themselves since the nineteenth-century beginnings of photography. Portraits are meant to document individuals, but do these images tell us more about the sitter or the person behind the lens? Invitation to Stare features many recent acquisitions as well as some classic favorites to view in a new context. Works by 26 photographers including Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Michael Disfarmer, Vivian Maier, Andrea Modica, Abe Frajndlich, Angelo Merendino and Jen Davis entice viewers to consider the relationship between artist and subject as we gaze at the person in the photograph. This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by an anonymous donation. Related Links:Works in Exhibition ] [ Press Release ]