The Children of Edgewood
Photographs by Ryan Herz
March 8 –April 20, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday, March 8, 7-10 pm
complimentary valet parking

2121 San Fernando Road, Suite3, Los Angeles, CA 90065
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Gallery hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm

Ryan Herz, Untitled, Edgewood Center, So. California, 1976.

In late summer of 1976, Ryan Herz had the privilege of being allowed to photograph at the Edgewood Center. The resultant  portraits are of patients who have endured various developmental disabilities. The photographs were completed in three or four sessions over several days.  “I had just a few minutes with each person,”  Herz explains.  “This both forced me and freed me to be instinctual rather than manipulative.”  That spontaneity coupled with the intense humanity and the unfiltered emotions of the subjects  gives the photographs their power.

Viewing these beautiful and sometimes  brutal black and white images, one almost feels the need to reach out to them not only to provide comfort but also to let them know they are not forgotten or abandoned.  One cannot help but see in their faces many of our own emotions.  We look at them and wonder what they feel in terms of dreams and aspirations. Seeing these photographs one is overwhelmed with sorrow, sympathy and an appreciation for the human spirit.  drkrm. gallery is proud to present this powerful and important body of work.

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