Paul Paletti Gallery

    713 East Market Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 589-9254
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and by appointment
    Multiple Shows (see below)

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    Show 1: That Much Further West: Three Visions from New Mexico – by Kirk Gittings, Jan Pietrzak and Philip V. Augustin

    Dates: July 7 – September 30, 2017
    Events: Artist Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, September 14 at 5:00-8:00 pm (talk begins at 7:00 pm)
    The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to bring a trio of New Mexican photographers to Louisville for our summer show. Kirk Gittings, Jan Pietrzak and Philip Augustin all specialize in black and white photography.
    Kirk Gittings has resided in New Mexico for 57 years and has been a dedicated photographer since 1970. His commercial architectural photographs have appeared on over 150 magazine covers and in 95 books, while his black and white photography is represented in 27 museums, institutions and other collections. Kirk’s work has been shown in over 120 exhibitions, including his 30-year retrospective at the Paul Paletti Gallery in 2003. He is contributing faculty at both the Chicago Art Institute and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
    Jan Pietrzak is a college educator and fine art photographer specializing in the Xtreme contact print process known as Platinum/Palladium Printing. He received his formal education from La Verne College and attended the Ansel Adams Workshop in Yosemite, CA in 1974. He currently lives outside Santa Fe.
    Philip V. Augustin lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has nearly 40 years experience and strong roots in the classic West Coast style of black and white photography. Philip’s recent abstract work has been widely exhibited and was featured at the New Mexico Musuem of Art in 2016. He is contributing faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and has worked as a Curatorial Consultant for the Georgia O’Keeffe Musuem.
    These three photographers represent very diverse approaches to photography:

    • Kirk Gittings’ work is in the tradition of large format black and white photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, but with unique style and vision that celebrates the rugged romanticism of the New Mexico landscape through elegant technical mastery of traditional and contemporary photographic processes.
    • Jan Pietrzak’s work with platinum printing explores the use of this antique process and how it integrates with the light and imagery of the landscape. His work consists of small and intimate contact prints, with an extreme tonal range unique to platinum printing.
    • Philip Augustin uses light and shadow to create ambiguity and challenge the viewer to see beyond the subject’s physical form. This selection of work includes his bold minimalist images of architectural subjects, dynamic gestural close-ups and his most recent work in which he frees the objects he photographs from their relationship with our visual reality.

    This show will open for the July Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop on July 7, 2017. A reception with the photographers will take place later in the show’s run, with details to follow.

    Show 2: Finding Heaven in a Holler by Shelby Lee Adams

    Dates: October 1 – December 31, 2017
    Events: Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5 at 5:00-8:00 pm
    Our show for the Louisville Photo Biennial is from Kentucky native and gallery favorite, Shelby Lee Adams. This, his first ever color show, highlights the rural region so prominent in his work.
    Shelby was born in 1950 in Hazard, Kentucky.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1974, his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa in 1975, and his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Massachusetts College of Arts in 1989.  Since 1970, his primary subject matter has been the people of Eastern Kentucky.  Shelby Lee Adams’ work is held in the collection of over 40 museums throughout the world, and he has had over 60 solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad since 1980. His work has been published in the monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), Appalachian Lives (2003) and Salt and Truth (2011). In 2002 Adams was also the subject of a documentary film by Jennifer Baichwal “The True Meaning of Pictures” that was shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.
    About Paul Paletti Gallery
    Since 2001, Paul Paletti Gallery has exhibited historic and contemporary photographic artworks of museum quality in which the photographer combines a superlative degree of technical virtuosity along with a distinctive vision. Located in the heart of Louisville’s East Market Street Gallery District (NULU), the gallery’s permanent collection and its rotating exhibits educate the public about photography as a sophisticated art medium that is varied, beautiful and highly collectible.
    The gallery is located at 713 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202, and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment. Contact us at (502) 589-9254 or visit our website at
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