Dialogue on Fire explores social injustice

dialoge on fireTom Neff’s striking work is featured in the new exhibit in Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

The show, entitled Dialogue on Fire, features large scale photographs of the destruction caused by the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The riots followed the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers charged in the brutal beating of Rodney King.

Dialogue on Fire is a journey into difficult and provocative subjects such as social injustice, race and civil disobedience with the context of art. Neff used his Hasselblad camera to capture the horrific aftermath of the riots, crossing police lines to capture the fiery destruction. He provokes his viewer with fiery imagery in the hopes the viewer will consider non-destructive responses to injustice.

Neff is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker who has been photographing abstracts, portraits and surreal images since the early 1970s. He currently teaches film and video in the Media Arts Department in the College of Media and Entertainment. Neff lectured on his work on Nov. 19, 2018, in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building. A reception followed in the gallery.

Neff’s Dialogue on Fire opened on Nov. 12 and will run through Jan. 18, 2019.

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