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Darrel Ellis: A Composite Being @ CANDICE MADEY

Darrel Ellis, Untitled (Mother), ca. 1990. Gelatin silver print. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). ©Darrel Ellis Estate

Darrel Ellis: A Composite Being
April 17 – May 28, 2021

Opening event: Saturday, April 17, 12pm to 6pm

“A Composite Being includes images of Ellis’s friends, family, and self-portraits, some made through direct observation, and others filtered through the perspective of other photographers, including, importantly, his father. Ellis never met his father, Thomas Ellis, a studio photographer who captured a lively social scene in Harlem and the South Bronx in the 1950s. The elder Ellis, a postal worker at the time of his death, was unjustly killed by police two months before his son Darrel was born. The elder Ellis left behind an extensive archive of family photographs, which were discovered by Ellis when he was a student at The Whitney Independent Study Program in his early twenties. Over the next decade, Ellis would allow his father’s work to inform his own.”

CANDICE MADEY
1 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002


Also published on Medium.


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