Adrienne Taylor

In the 2010 Gallery 26 show, twenty-five images define Adrienne Taylor’s life over the last decade.  There are found people and places now permanently preserved in silver gelatin.   From Paris, Frances to New Orleans to New Blaine, Arkansas, the images are all in black and white yet are as different as are the locales.  Taylor firmly believes what Minor White says, “ No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen.” 

Adrienne Taylor was seduced by photography in high school in her friend’s bathtub darkroom. With her first camera, a Hanimex Praktica, she created black and white and color images and found the darkroom a mysterious and wonderful place. Taylor explains, “After that, a camera was always on my face. Then I took a class from Harvey Luber in 1983.  It cracked me open.  I sought out subjects for their details…things that pass us by everyday.  I could see the endless photographic interpretations and expressions and began to make more careful choices.”

Taylor’s photographs represent echoes of experience.  She does not manipulate since the printing process taps into the feeling of the moment she saw the subject and raised her camera.  Her favorite photograph in the exhibit is a boy and his reflection in a water fountain.  She says, “I was in Chicago’s Millennium Park tired from a long day.  I was getting a boost from watching these beautiful kids getting soaked in fountain water.  When the little boy looked skyward without even a thought, my camera was at my eye and my finger pushing the button.”