Gerald M. Panter
Gerald Panter’s passion for street photography has been the driving force which, for forty-eight years, has taken him throughout the United States and Europe, in pursuit of pictures capturing life on the street.
While Panter’s projects encompass varied themes and locations, photographing people has always been his primary passion. To that end, for the past four years he has pursued his uncompromising documentation of the displaced, disenfranchised and often homeless people who spend their days along Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame.” This is an ongoing project and he is frequently seen searching out individuals and moments to add to this extraordinary documentation of street life on the boulevard.
Over a period of twelve years, he has compiled a comprehensive photographic documentation of a heretofore unexplored indigenous facet of greater Los Angeles life: those fast-disappearing, little free-standing hamburger, hot dog and taco stands which serve Angelenos eating on the run. This project (“Eating on the Run”) was the subject of articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and Neworld Review.
Traveling throughout Paris, he has, over the course of twelve years, meticulously photographed those buildings, fountains, bridges and narrow streets which Eugène Atget had photographed a hundred years ago as part of his documentation of the art and architecture of “old Paris.” Panter’s photographs, taken from the exact location and with the same perspective selected by Atget, invite the viewer to compare and contrast views of Paris taken a hundred years apart. The success of that project, "Atget's Paris: Then and Now," formed the basis for Panter’s lectures about Atget, the man and his methodology, accompanying exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum (“The Man in the Street; Eugène Atget in Paris”) and the Museum of the City of New York (“A Portrait of Paris: Eugène Atget at Work”). This ambitious project, consisting of over 250 images, received wide attention and accolades and was featured in the photography section of the 2001 edition of The American Annual.
Although the photographs in these projects are documentary in nature, his objective is to have them be artistic as well; aiming at realism, but not at the cost of sacrificing aesthetic factors.
Panter’s photographs can be found in numerous collections and have appeared in magazines and newspapers, foreign and domestic; they have been the subject of exhibitions in Beverly Hills, San Diego and, most recently, at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles. His photographs of Paris were part of a major exhibition hosted by the French Consul General. His photographs of “ground zero” taken shortly after the September 11th attack were included in the internationally-acclaimed Here is New York photo archive of the 2001 World Trade Center tragedy and exhibited as part of the tenth anniversary memorial held at the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris.
His photographs can also be found in the library archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance and are included in Metropolis Books’ well-respected compendium of photographic images of Los Angeles, Looking at Los Angeles.
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