Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath at PMA

From September 19th to February 21st, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be showing work from Philadelphia photographer Dave Heath.  Excepts from the exhibit description can be found below, and you can get more information by clicking here.

“From a crowd gathered in Central Park to solitary figures lost in thought, Dave Heath’s images conjure feelings of alienation and a desire for human connection. Multitude, Solitude highlights the photographer’s black-and-white pictures of the 1950s and 1960s, an intense period of self-discovery and innovation for the artist.

“Abandoned by both his parents by the age of four, Heath lived in Philadelphia foster homes and in an orphanage until the age of sixteen. The turmoil of his childhood profoundly shaped Heath and his artistic vision. Just before his sixteenth birthday, he encountered a poignant photo-essay about foster care in Life magazine, and became intrigued by photography’s potential to transcend simple reportage. Almost entirely self-taught, Heath channeled his feelings of abandonment into a body of work that underscores the importance and difficulties of human contact and interaction.”

Photo credit: Dave Heath, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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