Friday, March 1
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tom Kutchera (1932-2016) bought his Leica M3 film camera while driving an ambulance in the U.S. Army in Germany during the mid-1950’s. He taught himself photography during his two years abroad and returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to begin working in the family business, Empire Fish Company, a wholesale seafood distributor and retail store in Milwaukee, WI. He incorporated his love of photography into his work by taking portraits of its employees from the 1960’s until he retired in 1995, when Neesvig’s Food Service purchased the business.
Kutchera’s portraits can be compared to those by August Sander, the German portrait and documentary photographer who captured the tradesmen, artists and farmers of Germany in the first half of the 20th Century. Preserved in family albums, this unique collection of intimate portraits honor the individuals who supplied numerous Friday Night Fish Fries – a Midwestern staple. Through a humanitarian lens, Kutchera’s portraits celebrate those who don’t often get commemorated: the production workers behind the scenes.
Tom’s sons, Andrew and Joe, have turned the exhibit, photos, and a manuscript that Tom left behind into a book – Faces of a Fish Empire – that tell the story behind their father’s portraits as well as the larger history and decline of Lake Michigan’s many family-owned fish companies and fishermen.
Friday, May 3
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Artist Talk & Book Signing Thursday, May 2nd 6 p.m.
Arina Dähnick lives and works in Berlin. She grew up in a creative family and was taught early on about fine art and photography. Her first professional photo exhibition was at school at the age of 17. In 1986, she made the decision not to live off of her art, but it was just a break. In 2014, she presented her portfolio on the LEICA blog, and since that time she has presented eight exhibitions and has been published in several newspapers, magazines, and on many online sites.Taking A Different View invites people to rediscover reality with special awareness. I am truly fascinated with modern urban life. What is the actual meaning of “modern times”? We are challenged by so much information presented at the same time, without structure, and are confronted with the artificial idea of being human. The Project “Perfect Life” follows these questions. I seek out – equipped with only one or two Leica rangefinder cameras – what I have been doing ever since I started my photographic career in the 1980s. I present my images without any kind of manipulation; the final image that you see here is precisely what my eyes encountered of the subject in reality which is exactly what I captured – “in my reality.”