Alla Galleria Elan Fine Art (Vancouver) “Encounters” di James O’Mara, 50 anni di scatti straoridnari (English text)


Exhibition – O’Mara – Encounters

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15th, 1 – 5 pm

258 E 1st Ave Unit 4, Vancouver, BC V5T 1A6, Canada

Elan Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the esteemed international photographer James O’Mara. O’Mara developed a career in the documentary, editorial, and commercial fields, with a diverse spectrum of high-profile clients, frequently featured in Rolling Stone, Vogue, the New York Times, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Mojo. Encounters, titled after his recently published book, features black and white photography that spans his career over the past 50 years.

The camera, which estranges the photographer, the photographed, and the audience is absent, it is rather an extension of James O’Mara and his tender presence. His works are robust, honest, unscripted shots of the people he meets, individuals with passion, love, doubt, sadness. These are encounters, gentle transparent portrayals, no stolen shots and no staged moments with desire to impress.

It is for his initial lack of photographic training, that he observed every moment in life not as a photographer, but as an artist. It is the play on light and composition, the essence of his subjects, the colour, texture, movement of elements within a frame that James O’Mara truly captures. “I try to bring things far away close to me”, as James O’Mara writes, he paints portraits of fragility, arousal, and contemplation, this is his way of painting, his language.

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Bill Gibson writing about James O’Mara

James O’Mara developed his career in the documentary, editorial, and commercial fields, working in fashion, music and travel, his works frequently appear in international publications and advertising campaigns.  As a photographic artist, he exhibits in Canada, UK, and Italy. In his most recent publication Encounters, O’Mara showcases works within a fifty year span: from portraits of rock stars to tender moments of everyday life in his beloved cities of Vancouver, Los Angeles, Paris, and Florence. O’Mara’s portrayal of life is sensitive, raw, and warm. He treats each colour and texture with care, creating works of extraordinary delicacy and energy, with grace and radiance.