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Nell Campbell: About Face

July 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, repeating until August 20, 2017

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until August 20, 2017

Duck Blind, Berry Bay, Louisiana July 2003, by Nell Campbell.

For more than 40 years photographer Nell Campbell has documented the people and places she encounters in the everyday, on her travels, and at the political gatherings she frequents. Consequently, she has assembled a significant archive of photographs, many of which are on view for the first time in About Face. This solo museum presentation, a first for the artist in California, will be focused on the individuals who caught her eye. As an inveterate observer, with an open, friendly nature, Campbell’s photographic practice has always been rooted in people: their way of life, struggles, and merriment.

This UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum presentation includes never before seen images from some of Campbell’s well-known series including Cuba, New Orleans Mardi Gras, and political demonstrations. It also highlights early photographs of family, friends, and migrant workers from her time as a staff photographer with Cesar Chavez, hunters from Louisiana, and activists at the recent Women’s March in Los Angeles. About Face is complemented by prints by other photographers whose practices resonate with the artist’s, among them Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans. Opening reception is July 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the work will remain on view through August 20 (museum hours Wed.-Sun noon-5 p.m., Thurs. noon-8 p.m.).

Nell Campbell: About Face is presented in conjunction with another exhibition of Campbell’s work organized by the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission at the Channing Peake Gallery, 105 E. Anapamu St, on view July 6– December 1.