Bill Livingston at Long Beach Museum of Art

“Port of Long Beach” copyright of Bill Livingston

The Art of Commerce: William Livingston’s Pinhole Photographs of the Port of Long Beach” is on exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach (LA), from May 23 – September 28, 2008.

The exhibition features a dozen, large breathtaking photos of The Port of Long Beach as never before seen. The photographer, William (Bill) Livingston, was given exclusive access to capture everyday images of Port activity using a pinhole camera.

The photos in The Art of Commerce effortlessly capture the combination of industrial beauty and dynamic reality that exist at the Port. Lively shades of blue, yellow and green illuminate the shipping yards, ships, docks, cranes, containers, trucks, and trains; all set against brilliant blue skies. The photographs embrace the commotion and activity of daily port activities – a shipment being lowered onto a truck, a train crisscrossing vast terminals, or simply the silky rippling of the ocean below.

Fittingly, The Art of Commerce is installed in the Museum’s Jean and Charles Lane Oceanview Gallery, whose south-facing, second-floor wall of windows offers dramatic views of the Port of Long Beach. Also included in the exhibition are several of Livingston’s hand-made (4×5″) pinhole cameras.

The Art of Commerce is made possible by the generous support of the Port of Long Beach. Additional support was provided by the B.C. McCabe Foundation and the Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation.

Having seen these images upclose, they are beautiful industrial urban landscape photographs. The exibit is recommended.

post by Doug Stockdale

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