Alex Fradkin - Fogo Island: The Ephemeral Isle at One of the Four Corners of the Earth
Run dates: May 2015 - September 2015
There is a an island off the Northeast coast of Newfoundland named Fogo Island, born of fire and stone, whose ancient geologic origins began over four hundred million years ago. On Fogo Island, if the stones could speak—and some say they do—each would tell a unique and epic tale. The remote island, located along Iceberg Alley, was named one of the four corners of the earth by the Flat Earth society. Peering over the rocky ledges of the island, one is stripped of all conceptual thought and left only to experience the island with raw emotion and sensory awareness.
A native of California and now residing in both New York City and Toronto, Alex Fradkin originally studied and practiced as an architect. In 2000 Alex graduated with an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago.
Alex's work resides in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of the City of New York, Portland Art Museum, among others, and has been honoured with the Aaron Siskind Foundation Award. He teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and has two publications forthcoming in 2015, including "Fogo: The Ephemeral Isle", published by Monacelli Press.
Fogo Island: The Ephemeral Isle at One of the Four Corners of the Earth is presented as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, which runs May 1-31, 2015. Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area.