Stephen Gabris “Four Years, One Hundred and Eighty Portraits” (2022)

Photo by Stephen Gabris
Theater, Golden Girls

Artist’s Statement for Four Years, One Hundred and Eighty Portraits

Four Years, One Hundred and Eighty Portraits

By Stephen Gabris

“My name is Stephen Gabris and I have been assigned to your segment. I would like to make arrangements to take your photograph at your convenience.”

My very 1st assignment for Buffalo Spree Magazine was Alethea’s Tuesday, December 5, 2017. I was nervous. I brought a friend and referral, Deborah Clark. She was my unofficial food stylist, and there for moral support. I have since photographed doctors for Mercy Flight, chefs, and Atticus Finch!

Four years and one hundred and eighty portraits. I curated this show to remember the beautiful people I have met over those years, and to thank the team that make that possible.

The diligent, talented, and prideful Spree employees!

Every month I go out into the wild and meet total strangers. Sometimes in their home, sometimes on a farm, in a doctors office, a loading dock, or a restaurant. And every month I am blown away by what I didn’t know about Buffalo. Some hidden gem, program, building, eatery, or shop.

My editor Elizabeth Licata, is an incredible person in her own right. An author, a horticulturist, a proud Buffalonian, a force. Elizabeth has supported me along this journey, humored me, and keeps me in line. I am indebted to her.

I have met virtuoso artists like Bruce Adams, who are no longer with us. He taught me to be kind, talk with others, and look at everything.

I have been able to work alongside a mentor, and a hero, KC Kratt.

What an amazing thing. Every month to go out into the world, meet otherwise total strangers, get to know them a little, and take their portrait. I am in awe. Alright, get over it, channel it, and focus!

I look forward to the next 4 years, who knows what lie ahead!

If you were a subject, your images will be available at the end of the show. I can email you a link, and the print will be available for pick up. I would ask for a $50 donation for same to CEPA, however it is not a requirement for your likeness being included in the show.

Make a donation to receive a print of your image!

Exhibit Location

CEPA Gallery
Underground Gallery
617 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Exhibit Dates

Friday, January 14, 2022
February 28, 2022

Opening Reception
January 14, 5:00-8:00pm

Free to the public

Exhibit Times

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

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