February Featured Artist: Joe Schwartz
February 1st - February 29th
Joe Schwartz, my father, first began to take pictures in the early 1930s as a high school student in the brownstone neighborhoods of New York. People were his main concern ‑people involved in every day happenings of the neighborhood, (sitting on stoops,exchanging confidences, watching children at play, or shopping.….) That was an extremely impressionable period of his life. Then the Depression struck with all of its catastrophic force and he became sensitive to the real problems of the poor. He realized that all the turbulence and frustrations that overwhelmed him could best be channeled into his documentary art form — photography. Up until then he had been unable to articulate these powerful feelings, but with photography he had the answer — the camera would speak for him.
So for sixty years he continued to work with his love-obsession — the human qualities of people and, their conditioning environment. His hope was to furnish his small documentary voice to those who were working toward a better society. His photographs are proof that there is plenty of material to work with for a healthy society where WE CAN GET ALONG, (Joe’s mantra.)
Joe, a local resident of Atascadero since 1988, passed away in 2013 at the age of 99 years old.
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