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Robert Kalman
28-May-2016, 12:15
I have a gallery opening coming up at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City on June 7th:

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Here's my Artist's Statement:

Larreynaga is a small Nicaraguan farming community located 26 miles east of the city of León. It is a harsh, arid region that’s sparsely populated because it borders on being inhospitable. The median age in this, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, is twenty-four. Nevertheless, in this out of the way impoverished village with limited access to health resources, there are a considerable number of elders, people ranging in age from 70 to 105.

Over the past twenty years I have made formal black and white portraits of these resilient individuals, many of whom express deep spirituality in crediting “La Fortaleza de Dios”—God’s strength—with helping them survive. “I am happy I have reached this age,” the 102 year-old Martin Mejilla told me. “I was orphaned at 7 and had nothing but God. He gave me only opportunity.”

God's opportunity, as it were, seems to have been the bestowal of a considerable length of life, and of robust good health, on these remarkable people.


If you're in the neighborhood, feel free to drop by.

scheinfluger_77
29-May-2016, 06:52
This looks like an amazing story and images to go with it, if this one is any indication. Hard to believe this guy is 102.

Randy Moe
29-May-2016, 07:10
Congratulations!

Wish I could stop by.

Robert Kalman
29-May-2016, 17:51
This looks like an amazing story and images to go with it, if this one is any indication. Hard to believe this guy is 102.

Thanks, Steve. Actually, he wasn't the oldest person that I met. Rosa is 105! 151302

mathieu Bauwens
30-May-2016, 08:44
Good news, I wish you all the best for your exhibition.

peter schrager
1-Jun-2016, 22:59
Try to make reception. .congratulations one of my favorite galleries

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johnmsanderson
2-Jun-2016, 06:22
I am in the city, will be sure to check it out. congrats!