Ojos Bien Abiertos
(Eyes Wide Open)
Through March 2, 2013
Rodrigo Moya, a photographer who's career lasted only 12 years, is an obvious force in Latin American Photographic history. The chapter written by Moya far exceeds journalism; the work is anthropological. The social and political unrest in Mexico, Cuba, and throught Latin America was the core of the work. From candid even familiar images of known and unknown subjects to more tightly documentary style work Moya's work satisfies in layers. Ever dynamicly constructed frames speak with honor and dignity, truth and grit. There is a balance to visiion that sees without judgement or hierarchy. The working hands of a pesant, the shining eyes of young children and even the grins and glances of notorious historic figures like Che Guevara and Diego Rivera seem evenly weighted in the fabric of Moya's visual historic record. Beyond the portrait are samples of extended journalistic coverage including the US invasion of the Dominican Republic and the Battle for Santo Domingo.
The works seem familiar and engrained in our memory weather or not we have seen them before. The real surprise about this show is that it is only the second dedicated to the Mexican photographer in the country. When the images were "current" the work was included in important periodicals including Impacto, El Espectador, Politica, Sucesos and Siempre! Moya abandoned the field of photography for years, only returning to old negatives after a bout with cancer inspired a revisiting of the weight of his accomplishments. Moya has been quietly collected privately and celebrated by museums; his images can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others. In 2007, Moya was awarded the Medal of Photographic Merit by Mexico's National System of Photographic Archives. Two years later, his work was highlighted in the documentary film Conciencia de Luz: Rodrigo Moya,, Fotografo.
The gallery exhibition was staged to coincide with the prints participation in the prestigious Winter Antiques Show. This is the first New York show dedicated to the work of Rodrigo Moya. For more information on the artist and his work, please visit Throckmorton Fine Art
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