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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.

In our Gallery for the Month of Feb­ru­ary, Vis­i­tors Welcome!

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