I knew of a conversation over coffee -- about photography -- that had lasted for years. Good friends who worked in the medium for decades were still finding much to discuss. I wondered, could there be some visual expression of this enthusiasm for the medium? The conversation continues as these two old friends hang their works in the same room.
Carl Chiarenza and Roger Bruce share a deep interest in the history and aesthetics of photography. Carl is a scholar, educator, and an established artist of major reputation. And it was only five years ago that Roger began to make photographs in earnest. Roger will tell you that he is a student and admirer of Carl’s work: “It is so pure. He’s an artist who makes images using photography’s most elemental assets.” And for Roger, after 45 years working in organizations that care for or interpret photographs, he was keen to be a “born again” image maker – but this time using the surprisingly precise yet fluid tools of digital production.
Here in Interior/Exterior we see clearly contrasting work -- bound together in shared views and mutual respect.