Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present A Dialogue With Solitude, vintage prints by the renowned photographer, Dave Heath. Featuring his seminal work from the 1950s and 60s, the exhibition includes many of Heath’s best known images as well as some fabulous lesser known pieces. Tightly framed and highly impactful in the intensity of the emotions they capture, Heath’s photographs depict his own existential wanderings through empathic portraits of his found subjects. Skilled in the darkroom as well as with the camera, Heath’s vintage silver prints are subtly beautiful masterworks that give true voice to his reflective and expressive intentions.
Dave Heath was born in Philadelphia in 1931. His childhood was marked by adversity. He was orphaned at age four and spent his youth in foster homes and an orphanage. Heath began photographing during the late 1940s. He briefly studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Institute of Design in Chicago, supporting himself as assistant to commercial photographers. By 1959, Heath was in New York where he studied with the ground-breaking photojournalist W. Eugene Smith. His subsequent work was highly influenced by Smith's humanistic tone and emphasis on the photographic narrative.
Dave Heath’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions over the past 50 years. He has a number of published monographs, including A Dialogue With Solitude and Korea. His photographs are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), and countless other institutions. A major retrospective of his work with accompanying monograph will be presented by the Nelson-Atkins Museum in the fall of 2015.