Staller photo exhibit gives filmgoers a new perspective

By Taylor Yon
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

and Nijha Young
Baldwin High School

Moviegoers attending the Stony Brook Film Festival this month are also in for a second visual treat. The Faces and Places: Photographs from the Kellerman Family exhibit at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in the Staller Center runs parallel to the 10-day independent film festival, so attendees can visit while on campus.

The collection consists of more than 60 still photographs — in black and white and color — taken by 10 internationally renowned photographers including Walter Iooss, Kristin Capp, Ralph Gibson, and James Nachtwey. Iooss’ work features sports stars at rest and in action while Capp’s focuses on the humanity of people from around the world.

Karen Levitov, curator and director of the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University looks at photos of the Faces and Places exhibit on Friday, July 20. The exhibit features the work of famous photographers and encourages viewers to consider different cultures. (Photo by Brianna Depra.)

“I felt that these were very strong works by some really well-known fine art and documentary photographers,” said Karen Levitov, curator and director of the Zuccaire Gallery. “I’m really compelled by the work of Kristin Capp, who is a photojournalist. She has gone to Brazil and many other places around the world, capturing the people and the places in different areas.”

Levitov added that there were a number of other photographers whose work inspires viewers to consider different cultures worldwide.

The gallery is open and admission is free during the film festival from July 19 to 28 and August 27 to September 29.

Filmgoers may find the art experience both convenient and informative. One visitor said the art gave her a new perspective on the modern world.

“It lets people see the world in a way that’s different perhaps than the speed of everything that’s happening around them in terms of crazy politics, crazy social situations,” Corinna Kirsch of Conroe, Texas said. “It allows you to step back and to be able to imagine the world differently. It’s very important.”

Photos to Stay on Campus

After the exhibit closes in September, the photographs will find their way to many departments across campus for wider viewing. The photos were donated to Stony Brook University by alumna Katherine King Kellerman, whose family collected them over many years. The Kellerman family was motivated by the thought that the pieces could be enjoyed by a much broader audience, Levitov said, adding that the artwork will be distributed throughout the campus.

“After this, we’ll take this down, repaint the walls and put up a faculty exhibition,” she said. That exhibit will feature the photographic works of the Studio Art faculty.

Sad that it’s almost over, but grateful for the experience

‘FACES AND PLACES: Photographs from the Kellerman Family’ is showing at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery.

So it’s Friday and I’m not going to lie—I’m kinda sad. I really enjoyed my experience here and I made some great friends. At night, after long days of working hard, all the boys got together and played cards in the dorms. And even though we’ve all just met each other, it’s as if we have known each other for years.

I also learned a lot about shooting video and video editing, and I learned so much more about photography.

For my second project was assigned to write about a photo gallery called “FACES AND PLACES: Photographs from the Kellerman Family,” a collection of more than 60 photos by well-known fine art and documentary photographers. The gallery is being shown at the The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery on the first floor of the Staller Center for the Arts. I’m going try my best, and with the help from my team and everyone here, I know it’ll be good.