October 1 – November 30, 2020
The Image Flow proudly presents Abandoned Photography, a solo exhibition featuring the abandoned work of photographer Randy Lee Walker.
…Randy had studied fine art photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He had done black & white printing for the well-known San Francisco photographer Imogene Cunningham as many Art Institute photography students would do. City College had given me a more technical and less creative education with broad skills and studio experience, but little of how to make my images personal and find a unique vision. Randy thought about the art first and would always say that “there is no reason to do any more pictures of rocks and trees”. I learned to embrace seeing the world with new eyes.
Before I met him, Randy had served in the Vietnam war and lived in Hawaii for a while. He had an excellent portfolio of black & white photography from that time and had a solid start to his body of work…
…We were still sharing the flat, along with his soon-to-be wife, when it became time for them to leave. After they moved I found a portfolio case full of his black & white photography left behind in the basement. I called him and we set up a time for him to come get the portfolio case, but he never showed.
That was in 1979…
– Bill Zemanek
On view through November.