Dave Heath, Janine Pommy Vega, Seven Arts Coffee Gallery, New York, 1959
Multitude, Solitude / Dave Heath
Mar 14 – Sep 2, 2019
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada

Picking out a face in a crowd, capturing an act of violence between siblings, or framing close-up portraits of quiet despair, Dave Heath had an instinctive ability to capture the soul behind the persona.

Extending the autobiographical mode of American photojournalist, W. Eugene Smith, he produced intense and profound images that plumbed the depths and subtleties of the human condition.

Dave Heath was a master of darkroom technique, carefully dodging, burning and bleaching his prints to create the deep, luminous images for which he has become known. Exploring Heath’s artistic trajectory from teenage prodigy to influential photographer, Multitude, Solitude celebrates work that reflects the loneliness and alienation of modern life.

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