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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Bruce Wrighton: The Downtown Men at Laurence Miller Gallery

Image above by Bruce Wrighton, (Left)Downtown Man II, Binghamton, NY,1987; (Right) Downtown Man XVIII, Binghamton, NY, 1987. Estate of Bruce Wrighton courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery.  

Laurence Miller Gallery presents Bruce Wrighton: The Downtown Men, a series of 20 color portraits taken in downtown Binghamton, New York, between 1986 and 1988.

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In the two years prior to his death at age 38 in 1988, Wrighton photographed extensively near his home, using a cumbersome 8 x 10 inch tripod-based camera. He would ask the most ordinary of people, from a parking lot attendant to a security guard, to pose for up to six minutes while he got everything in his viewfinder correct, which allowed for the subject to relax and drop his defense. Combining a strong sense of formal design with empathy for his subjects, he produced a singular body of work that is a unique document of a slice of America, a slice that appears to be growing throughout the country.

collage2Bruce Wrighton, (Left) Downtown Man XII, Binghamton, NY, 1987; (Right) Downtown Man XIII, Binghamton, NY, 1987, Estate of Bruce Wrighton courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery.

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COLLAGE3Bruce Wrighton, (Left) Downtown Man VI, Binghamton, NY, 1987(Right) Downtown Man XIV, Binghamton, NY, 1987Estate of Bruce Wrighton courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery.

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collage4Bruce Wrighton, (Left) Downtown Man I, Binghamton, NY, 1987(Right) Downtown Man IV, Binghamton, NY, 1987Estate of Bruce Wrighton courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery.

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