Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Friday, January 6, 2017
The photography of Richard McGuire will be featured through December and early January at Jojo’s Café in Osoyoos.
The show opens on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a Night of Local Art and Music from 7 – 9 p.m. with live music by Roland Berg. The exhibition of McGuire’s photography runs from Dec. 3 to Jan. 6.
McGuire is a photographer with the Osoyoos Times, but only one photograph in the exhibit was done for the weekly newspaper.
Instead, the show features a mix of local landscapes, cityscapes at night and some of the exotic international locations where McGuire has travelled.
There are large photographs on canvas of horses racing, portraits of people in India and Cuba and an exposure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park that was used on a U.S. postage stamp celebrating the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service.
“In my personal photography, I’ve always tried to reflect a sense of place,” said McGuire. “I’ve been fascinated by exploration and travel since I was a child. It was my globetrotting as a teenager that first got me interested in photography.”
A sense of place, he said, is more than just snapshots of scenery. People, their culture and their physical environment all contribute to the diversity of the world’s interesting places.
“There have been two major streams in the history of photography – those who create art for art’s sake and those who use photography to tell stories. I’m definitely in the latter category,” said McGuire. “That doesn’t mean all storytelling photography is necessarily journalistic. And some of the best storytelling photographers are also very artistic. But personally, I reject the kind of photography that relies on heavy manipulation of images in the computer. Reality is more interesting.”
McGuire got his first box camera at the age of five, but he didn’t become serious about photography technique until he bought a used single-lens reflex film camera at the age of 20 and studied photojournalism the following year.
His photographs have been widely published internationally in books and magazines and have been bought by collectors in Canada and the U.S. He is a member of the Osoyoos Photography Club.
See as slide show on Flickr (requires Adobe Flash)
Richard McGuire, 250-485-8357, firstname.lastname@example.org