Louisville photographer Ross Gordon was inspired to create a body of work in the spirit of the portraits of Arnold Newman (1918-2006), who photographed celebrated 20th-century artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso. Gordon invited members of Louisville’s artistic community to pose for portraits.
“With so many talented and committed artists in Louisville, I felt that this could prove to be a very important and even historic body of work when complete. I decided that it would be important to include collectors, gallery owners and curators as well. Anyone and everyone who made the scene in Louisville what it is. It was an absolute joy. I got to meet many artists I never knew and rekindle friendships with artists I knew for many years. It was simply amazing to me how enthusiastic and inviting Louisville’s artists were. I spent around nine months photographing around 120 individuals in their studios, homes and on location. There are many more and I wish I could have photographed them all. Thanks to everyone who worked with me for your time and support I hope you like the portraits of this wonderful community. I would like to dedicate this show to Stephen Irwin a very talented artist and friend to many who left us too soon. Stephen was and always will be an inspiration to me and everyone whose life he touched.”
Ross Gordon 2015
About the artist: Ross Gordon is a photographer based in Louisville. He has been a professional photographer for eighteen years and has traveled the world photographing for many discerning clients including Rolling Stone Magazine, Maxim, Climbing and Rock and Ice Magazines, lollapalooza, 21c Museum Hotels, Random House Publishing and Papa Johns Pizza. Over the past ten years, he has traveled to more than fifty countries photographing people and their cultures.