For the first time on the West Coast, Texas native, Nancy Newberry will be presenting work from two series Mum and Halfway to Midland. Both series explore Nancy’s ongoing fascination with regalia but neither body of work is simply about documentation. Nancy states that “customs are vital in defining all cultures” and that “Mum is a survey of my own backyard exploring themes of self-representation and strange rituals of the everyday.” The work has been exhibited internationally and has been awarded not only Fotofest Discovery but was included in the National Portrait Gallery of London's Portrait Exhibition in 2012, and has been featured in many publications including the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, American Photography, Photo District News, Photographic, and NPR.
RayKo is unique in that Nancy’s exhibition from October 17 through November 17 will also exhibit new work from the celebrated ongoing series Halfway To Midland. This body of work was awarded the Descubrimientos Photo España Prize 2013, a prestigious award resulting from a rigorous competition associated with Photo España this summer.
Halfway To Midland explores a state of mind and a sense of place. Again photographed in Texas, her investigation of the iconographic “questions the relationship between the past and the present.” She further states that she is interested in “the complexities between self and culture where the chorus of dreams and reality seem to inhabit the same quotidian place.” Rayko will host an opening on October 17 where you will be able to witness Nancy Newberry’s work described as “semi-autobiographical realities that consist
of connected scenes from elaborate internalized myths.”
Many of the artists will be in attendance at the opening, so stop by RayKo for equal parts nostalgia and surprise.
RayKo Photo Center & Gallery is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990’s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&w and color labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer’s Marketplace – a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco’s 1st Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black & white Auto-Photo Booth.
RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciate of photography and create opportunities for regional, national, and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer’s Marketplace, which supports the work of Bay Area artists. RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas.
RayKo Photo Center and Gallery
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107