Photos are the focus
All kinds of people and things seem to have months dedicated to them, and photographers, deservedly so, are not to be ignored. That's the reason behind Portland Photo Month, which features photography exhibits in galleries around the city.
Nonprofit photography group Photolucida will put on two big events in April. The Portfolio Walk, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., is a popular showing of the portfolios of some 160 emerging and established photographers; the Photobook Fair, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., celebrates the photobook, and 12 small-press publishers will set up collectible photobooks to view and purchase.
In the meantime, several galleries are featuring photographers in April. Here are some highlights:
Noah Addis, "Future Cities"
Blue Sky, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave.
Addis is the Photolucida Critical Mass Solo Exhibition 2018 winner. His photos take a look at slums around the world — people crammed together in makeshift homes of tin, wood, cloth and plastic.
Also at Blue Sky is the work of Meghan Kirkwood, "Views From DAPL."
Terry Toedtemeier, "Sun, Shadows, Stone"
Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.
The legacy work of the late, lifelong Oregonian shows through Aug. 4. He was Portland Art Museum's first curator of photography and also co-founded Blue Sky Gallery.
Corey Arnold, "Hornsund"
Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave.
The world-renowned photographer created the exhibit in 2013 along with environmental group Project Pressure. It's a compelling suite of images that explores an otherworldly landcape on the front lines of climate change in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in a fjord called Hornsund.
Christopher Rauschenberg, "Angkor"
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave.
The famous Portland photographer captured captivating images of temples and ancient ruins in Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world in the lush jungle landscape of Cambodia.
Stu Levy, recent landscapes, Augen Gallery, 716 N.W. Davis St.
Susan Seubert, "Typology of Lament," Froelick Gallery, 714 N.W. Davis St.
Small Talk Collective, "Rumors," Wolff Gallery, 2804 S.E. Ankeny St.
Ray Bidegain, "Memory of Never," Camerawork Gallery, 301 N. Graham St.
Group exhibit, "Quadraphotique," Roll Up Gallery, 1715 S.E. Spokane St.
Group exhibit, "PDX 30," LightBox Photographic, 1045 Marine Drive, Astoria
Group exhibit, "Taking Pictures: 2019," Black Box Gallery, 811 E. Burnside St.
Adam Bacher, "Riding the Storm Out, a Blizzard of Ravens," Pushdot Studio, 2505 S.E. 11th Ave.
For more info, see www.photolucida.org and gallery websites.