Fine Artist Photographer Tarver Leads Guild Session

POTTSTOWN PA – Fine art photographer Ron Tarver will present a photography exhibit, recently presented as a finalist in the prestigious Print Center annual international competition, and also discuss “An Overdue Conversation With My Father” during a Pottstown Area Artists Guild-sponsored session March 16 (2021; Tuesday) from 7-9 p.m. on the Zoom conferencing platform.

Information on a registration for the show and talk opened March 1 and is available now at the guild website, here.

Tarver’s project involves the manipulation and reinterpretation of photographs from the past. It’s his intent to explore “ways that photographic images made in the mid-20th century represent dialogs about race, class, and social relationships still relevant today,” the guild stated in a media release.

“The more than 300 photographs and over 1000 negatives that my father, Richard Tarver, produced of Black residents in the small Oklahoma town of Fort Gibson during the 1940s and ’50s represent a time when oppressive Jim Crow laws were in place,” Tarver explained. “While those laws have since been abolished, recent events prove their legacy lives on. These re-imagined images engage a troubling past with an equally problematic present.”

Tarver received a BA from Northeastern State University (OK) and an MFA from the University of the Arts. He is a visiting assistant professor of studio art on faculty at Swarthmore College. Before Swarthmore, he was a staff photo-journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 32 years, where he shares a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. He was also nominated for three Pulitzers, and honored with awards from World Press Photos and The Society of Professional Journalists.

He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins.

Most recently he earned a solo exhibition at The Print Center in Philadelphia during their 94th Annual International Completion. He has received funding and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Independence Foundation, among others. In 2001 he received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Tarver’s fine artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many museum, corporate and private collections including the National Museum of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Tarver 2017 art photo (at top), titled “Homesteaders,” supplied by the Pottstown Area Artists Guild