STEVE PERILLE: UNFILTERED
August 16, 2010 – January 30, 2011
The Light Factory’s Middleton McMillan Gallery
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Steve Perille, a native of Wisconsin, was introduced to photography as a young boy by his uncle, Jim Mescal, who was a photographer for The Chicago Sun-Times.
Perille attended the Milwaukee Institute of Technology and later was a staff photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He became a staff photographer for The Charlotte Observer in 1972. One short year later, Perille and two other photographers were featured in the first exhibition at The Light Factory in its first home, a second floor gallery of an old house on Torrence Street.
Perille went on to receive the prestigious Southern Photographer of the Year award in 1975. Perille left the Observer to pursue other interests in 1983, but still lives in the Charlotte area.
MESSAGE FROM GUEST CURATOR, BYRON BALDWIN
Steve Perille’s photographs are deceptively simple. They are of real people doing real things, and of real places that are seemingly unremarkable. Through his photographs we are drawn to the beauty of the ordinary moment. We walk right by what he chooses to photograph; we filter out the ordinary and pay no attention. His vision of the world is unfiltered; he sees everyday non-events as special.
His images of children are statements about childhood that anyone can understand. His images of men at work remind us of an uncle or someone we once worked for. The young lovers images are universally understood. Steve captures fleeting gestures and expressions as light, form, and content come together to create timeless images of life itself.
Steve is also unfiltered socially, tending to say or do whatever comes naturally. This “out there” personality can at times be very entertaining, at times socially awkward, and occasionally dangerous, but never dull or predictable. This free spirit - with its willingness to engage life head on, unfiltered, and his ability to find intriguing images in the commonplace - has produced a remarkable body of work.
- Byron Baldwin, Guest Curator