Photographs by Gavan Nelson
Reception: Wed, Apr 4, 6:30–7:30pm
When everything comes together in an instant a powerful image is made. Awareness of the present allows a portal to the past. “River Inside” is a visual stream of consciousness that flows through all the nooks and crannies of Hanoi.
Gavan Nelson is an American photographer based in Salt Lake City. Nelson’s introduction to photography was a black-and-white darkroom class taken at a quiet community college called Richland in Texas, circa 2005. Upon experiencing the anachronistic privilege that is developing film and enlarging images, a deeper connection to the art and the image-making process was established.
Later that year Nelson was introduced to some of the early masters of the street photography genre, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Elliott Erwitt. Documentary and travel photography became the bulk of Nelson’s concentration. It led the way to future work, both professional and personal. Nelson’s recent 2017 collection finds the oft-wandering artist traversing the rich and bustling backdrop of Hanoi, Vietnam. Nelson was attending a photography workshop with in-Public’s Maciej Dakowicz. This particular group of images focuses on the singular way of life that is Hanoi. Besides Southeast Asia, Nelson has traveled to Guatemala, Belize, most of Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, and all 50 states. His images have previously been featured in The Salt Lake Tribune and FD: The Style Magazine of The Dallas Morning News.
Location: Day-Riverside Branch
Contact Information: 801-594-8632