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Joseph Bellows Gallery : Sage Sohier : Passing Time


Joseph Bellows Gallery presents the exhibition, Sage Sohier: Passing Time. This solo exhibition will feature a remarkable selection of black and white photographs from Sohier’s recently published Nazraeli Press monograph of the same title. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

The images that comprise the exhibition are drawn from the photographer’s compelling and kindhearted portraits made between 1979-85 of people living in working class and ethnic neighborhoods in her hometown, as well as in the towns she visited each summer during her annual road trips through the eastern and southern regions of the country. The exhibition showcases both a selection of vintage gelatin silver prints, as well as 16 x 20 inch modern gelatin silver prints, which are the result of the photographer revisiting her archive of negatives and contact sheets from the early 1980s where she discovered a trove of captivating images that had never been printed. Of the work, Sohier observes, “ I noticed a kind of relaxed sensuality in many of the pictures. A kind of theater of the streets emerged”. Sage Sohier has been photographing people in their environments for more than 30 years, and has been awarded fellowships from the No Strings Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation in recognition of her work.

Sage Sohier received her B.A. from Harvard University and has taught photography at Wellesley College, Massachusetts College of Art, and Harvard University. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; and the Brooklyn Museum. Books by the artist include: Perfectible Worlds (Photolucida, 2007), About Face (Columbia College Chicago Press, 2012), At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980’s America (Spotted Books, 2014), Witness to Beauty (Kehrer Verlag, 2016), Americans Seen (Nazraeli Press, 2017), Animals (Stanley/Barker, 2019), and Peaceable Kingdom (Kehrer Verlag, 2021) and Passing Time, (Nazraeli Press, 2024).


Sage Sohier : Passing Time
February 17th – April 27th, 2024
Joseph Bellows Gallery
7661 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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