Harris photo in New York’s Van der Plas Gallery

Celebration of Life Rock Festival, McRea. LA 1971. Photograph by Chris Harris.

Celebration of Life Rock Festival, McRea. LA 1971. Photograph by Chris Harris.

A photograph by EMC Professor Chris Harris entitled “Celebration of Life Rock Festival, McRea. LA 1971” was recently selected for a group showing at The Van der Plas Gallery in New York.

Only 11 works were chosen for the exhibit out of 500 international submissions. The gallery sent out an open call to all artists, all techniques for its “Anthology 2016”, opening July 8th.

Gallery visitors will decide after viewing the grouping as to who will have a one-man show at Van der Plas Gallery in the future.

“I feel like a pair of brown shoes at a black-tie party,” says Harris. “No kidding, all the others are traditional fineartists, painters and printmakers…and I just shoot black and white photographs.”

Walker Percy. Photo by Chris Harris.

Walker Percy. Photo by Chris Harris.

Harris is currently promoting his photobook Walker Percy: Daylight and Dark, a collection of pictures Harris took of the famous writer while working in New Orleans.

“[Percy] wanted me to photograph what it was to be a writer,” Harris recalled about the author. “And what I saw was his absolute enchantment with the world around him. He was a consummate voyeur of people—the crap they got themselves into and the way they got out of those situations. The happiest I ever saw him was when he was signing books because he loved the stories that people would tell, that he could collect.”

To read about Harris’s history with Walker Percy, click here.

For details on the NYC exhibit, please go to http://vanderplasgallery.com/

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