Peters Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will present Home & Away, an exhibition of works and a new book of the same title by Jack Kotz. The book release and exhibition opening reception at Peters Projects will be held on September 14, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. Books will be available for sale, and Kotz will be present to sign them.
Spanning several years and locations all over the world, this body of work explores specific places Jack Kotz feels a particular connection to. Kotz returned to these sites repeatedly, allowing him to capture an intimate and unique portrait of place.
“After 20 years or so, I continue to travel with my panoramic camera, making images in places where I would happily reside. Yet I always return home, to print up another set of photographs that express that constant yearning between home and away,” he says.
Presented in stunning panoramic chromogenic prints, Jack brings each location to life. While landscape plays an important role in his images, his work also explores the often overlooked hidden dramas of daily life, and the relationship between people and place.
As writer Hampton Sides explains in the introduction to the new book Home & Away:
“To me, what’s most striking about them (the photographs), as gorgeous and technically accomplished as they are, is that they aren’t immediately so striking, in the sense of being arrestingly dramatic. At first glance, they have a quiet, quotidian aspect to them: People just horsing around by the shore, doing seemingly extraneous stuff. But then you look closer. You start to see things. The girl is looking at the water. The bird is looking at the girl…There’s a story happening, often a multiplicity of stories.”
Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Jack now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has worked extensively in both commercial and fine art photography. In 2002, he published Ms. Booth’s Garden, a 20-year documentary project on a small town in Mississippi.
Jack Kotz’s photographs are in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Mississippi Museum of Art, and several private collections. He has participated in more than 30 group and one-person exhibitions.