In the Frame 5: Cultural Lights

In a fifth collection of black & white images, K.B. Dixon continues his photographic portraiture series of Oregon arts and cultural leaders


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


The photographic portrait is a complex thing—an image gathered at the center of four corners. It is what the camera sees, what the photographer sees, what the viewer sees, and what the subject hides or reveals. The facts of it can be explained to some degree, but not the experience of it. It is a magic trick, a sort of transcendental transcription. It is pulling a rabbit out of your hat, or in this case out of your DSLR.

The portraits gathered here are the latest in a series titled In the Frame—a photographic chronicle of the talented people whose contributions to the art, character, and culture of this city have made it what it is today, people whose various legacies are destined to be part of our cultural heritage.

As with the previous portraits in this series, these have been taken in situ using available light.


JERRY MOUAWAD


Writer, Artistic Co-Director, and Founding Member with Carol Triffle of Imago Theatre.

CAROL TRIFFLE


Writer, Artistic Co-Director, and Founding Member with Jerry Mouawad of Imago Theatre.

BETH HARPER


Director, Actor, Founder, and Artistic Director of Portland Actors Conservatory.

STU LEVY


Award-winning Landscape Photographer, Master of the Inspired “Grid-Portrait,” and Dedicated Deadhead (Redundancy Intended).

ELIZABETH MALASKA


Award-winning Artist Whose Graphically Complex, Historically Referenced Work Is Focused on the Female Form.

MADISON CARIO


Executive Director of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

DON HORN


Founder and Executive Director of Triangle Productions; Playwright.

TITO CHOWDHURY


CEO of FashioNXT and Executive Producer of Portland FashioNXT Week.

MICHAEL T. HENSLEY


Painter of Expressive, Highly Energized, Multi-layered Abstractions.

VICTOR MALDONADO


Artist, Curator, and Writer.

DENNIS BRITTEN


Director and Founder of Light Opera of Portland.

PREVIOUSLY IN THE SERIES


  • IN THE FRAME: ELEVEN MEN. Portraits of leading figures ranging from the late Claymation master Will Vinton to the Hollywood Theatre’s Doug Whyte and jazz drummer Mel Brown.
  • IN THE FRAME: ELEVEN WOMEN. Portraits of leading figures ranging from Oregon Symphony concertmaster Sarah Kwak to abstract painter Lucinda Parker and novelist Monica Drake.
  • IN THE FRAME 3: LENS ON ARTISTS. Portraits of leading figures ranging from artist Sherrie Wolf to theater empresario Jose Gonzalez to blues singers LaRhonda Steele and Curtis Salgado to radio producer Laura Hadden.
  • IN THE FRAME 4: CULTURE NOW. Portraits of leading figures ranging from Creative Laureate Subashini Ganesan to painter Arvie Smith to Bitch Media creative director Andi Zeisler to choreographer Sarah Slipper.

  • K.B. Dixon’s latest book Too True: Essays on Photography has been selected as a Finalist for the Best Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Awardand a National Indie Excellence Award.

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