Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches
California Center for the Arts, Escondido CA
September 30 - November 12 2017
About educator/photographer Major Morris’ photographs at the current exhibition at CCAE.
With a well attended opening night, September 29, the California Center for the Arts Escondido (CCAE) appears to be heading for a successful 6 weeks for the exhibition Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches. Twelve photographers, most of them from San Diego County, are represented. A myriad of creative images is hanging on the walls of CCAE. Some images are from private collections; a handful of historic black/white images are lent to CCAE by San Diego Museum of Photographic Art. The photographer’s use of the medium of photography is wide spanning and covers traditional to modern-manipulated.
CCAE has selected eighteen images by local photographer, Major Morris, 1921-2016, as representative for the traditional photography during the 1960s and 1970s. The Center’s selection focuses on two aspects of Morris’ photography: His involvement in education and interaction with children, and his street photography of people and events during the 1960s. Morris’ keen eye saw what his camera picked up. CCAE selected his photograph "Gettin’ Along" for their brochure. Morris took the photograph during a lunch break, taking a walk along Charles River (Boston, Massachusetts). He saw the children on the bike, took the photograph, and a historic photo was generated. The viewers’ own experiences from similar or other situations might stop them in front of this image, and make them reflect – on then and now.