Just a year ago in the fall of 2017 the first SOLO I exhibition by Los Angeles photographer Jill Beth Hannes was opening at the FotoFilmic PULP Gallery on Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC. Five editions later – and whole lot of great new photographic talents met and celebrated since through that year – we couldn’t be more excited to welcome on our latest archived FotoFilmic exhibition page SOLO VI juror Danny Lyon‘s award recipient Matthew Barbarino, as well as as his 2 mentions, Runners-Up Rob Hornstra & Deborah Sfez!
Many strong competing applications were very well received by Danny, who devoted for each careful attention and hours at times considering their respective strengths as new photographic evidences of the complex, decentered and globalized world we live in today. Following the immersive, slightly radical yet highly empathetic philosophy that has come to characterize his signature works since the late 1960s (also known then as ‘new journalism’), Danny’s jurying picks gravitate towards projects with a strong, willing edge unmasking social exclusion and stigmata, as well as toward works able to cast a strong light on memorial importance and the manifesting of dark lessons from the past into our often disturbing, backward sociopolitical present.
Congratulations again to all 3 SOLO VI photographers & we hope you enjoy as much as we do the great artistic breadth of both their photographic series & featured artist profiles below!
WINNER & EXHIBITOR: MATTHEW BARBARINO
An ex-addict turned photographer (and RISD graduate), Matthew has been extensively documenting for years his immediate social surroundings in his hometown of Binghamton, NY, where many of his closest friends still struggle with heroin addiction and the postindustrial economic depression still affecting most rust belt small towns to this day.
SOLO VI Exhibition: Matthew Barbarino
June 14 – July 15, 2019
FotoFilmic PULP Gallery
BOWEN ISLAND, VANCOUVER BC, CANADA
“Matthew Barbarino of Binghamton, New York:
Photographs of heroin and old friends in Binghamton, New York. In the tradition of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin, Matthew is a survivor with the grace to catch a pigeon’s shadow or the grim winter day of another New York State town no one wants to live in. He writes well too.“
— Danny Lyon
We recently asked Matthew a few questions about social documentary culture and his own photographic practice, as well as about life at home both in Binghamton, New York: