From the early days of film to the phenomena of social media, photography has a natural ability to produce intrigue and draw in onlookers. Step into the visual journey at The Power of Photography, a captivating new exhibit created by London-born curator Peter Fetterman, on display at Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum (bowers.org) from Oct. 7 to Jan. 14. Pulling imagery from around the world, the exhibit celebrates the power of the picture to evoke emotion and project a narrative while paralleling the uniqueness of the human experience.
After garnering attention from the digital portfolio he shared during the COVID-19 lockdown, Fetterman was inspired to bring the art off the internet and back onto the canvas. Fetterman then carefully chose over 70 images for this outstanding exhibition to tell the story of the various artists featured and the powerful timelessness of their work.
Composed of some of the most unique photography of the 20th century, the exhibit is highlighted by standout images such as Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl,” mesmerizing portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Maya Angelou, and the haunting works of Edward Weston, with each piece in the series examining the past alongside the peace and tranquility of the future. The art-curious will also discover Melvin Sokolsky’s bizarre Boschian fantasies and interior shots by famous nude photographer Ruth Bernhard decorating this eclectic photography collection. Go ahead, get inspired.