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Nostalgia by John Gamble – Opening Reception

  • Baana 1256 Mason Street San Francisco, CA, 94108 United States (map)

Join us on Saturday, July 21, to celebrate the opening of Nostalgia, a photography exhibit by street photographer John Gamble. 

Date: Saturday, July 21
Hours: 5-7 pm
Location: Baana
Address: 1256 Mason Street, San Francisco 94108

Nostalgia / Street photography by John Gamble

A fictional advertising executive once described nostalgia as “a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone … a place where we ache to go again." For the artist, street photography itself represents an exercise in nostalgia, an attempt to revisit the untempered curiosity of his childhood when the weight of the world was not yet felt and the immediate moment all that mattered. His love for street photography intertwines with his passion for travel and these photographs serve also as a record of the physical places that he yearns to revisit.

This exhibition reflects both the artist’s own nostalgic tendencies and those of his subjects, whether it’s the wistful gaze of the commuter in SUBWAY RIDER or the couple reminiscing on the pier in BODY LANGUAGE.  The photographer invites you to imagine the possibilities contained within these individuals and hopes to inspire you to revisit your own places, literal and metaphoric, that you ache to go again.

About the Artist / John Gamble

John Gamble is an American street photographer who uses the camera as a tool to hunt for significant human moments. He first approached the medium in 2012, using our era’s universal camera: the smartphone. A photograph taken during this period went on to become a category winner in the 2014 Mobile Photography Awards and was a finalist in the annual Smithsonian Photography Contest. He has since graduated from the smartphone and shoots primarily with a full-frame digital Leica, having honed a technique that allows him to approach his subjects unnoticed, using wireless technology to transform his smartphone into a live digital viewfinder for his camera. His work continues a familial photographic tradition stretching back generations, including a grandmother who worked as a chemist for Eastman Kodak in the 1950s and a great-grandfather who cherished the precision of his own Leica glass. Inspired by great photographers of the 20th century like Vivian Maier and Diane Arbus, John’s work is colored with a 21st century hue and characterized by exacting composition and a fascination with the weirdness of being human and all of its sad, sweet, and beautiful moments. His tools may be digital, but his photographs are undeniably human.