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New Book Release! Direct Positive by Willie Anne Wright

New Book Release! Direct Positive by Willie Anne Wright


Direct Positive: Willie Anne Wright
Release Date: November 2015
Essays by Denise Bethel & Dr. Sarah Eckhardt
Poem by Susan Hankla
Design by Jeff Louviere

Hardcover: 96 pages, 54 color plates
Dimensions: 9.75 x 11.25 in.
Publisher: Candela Books
ISBN: 978-0-9845739-5-0-55000

Midlothian, Virginia Still Life with Richard’s Road #4, 8.08.1981Willie Anne Wright, “Midlothian, Virginia: Still Life with Richard’s Road #4,” 8.08.1981. 8” x 10” Pinhole photograph

About The Book

Candela Books is pleased to announce our sixth book release, Direct Positive, with Richmond, Virginia native and fine art photographer, Willie Anne Wright. This new release is scheduled for November 2015 and will be accompanied with an exhibition at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Wright, began her career as a painter. Beginning in the 1970s, her focus shifted to pinhole photography as her primary medium. Direct Positive explores Wright’s innovative use of Cibachrome color material and her production of unique direct positive images. Strangely saturated color, visual distortion and vibrant ideas gave rise to these beautiful and insistent objects.

The artist embraced the unexpected while blending older techniques with diverse contemporary motifs. This one-of-a-kind collection portrays Wright’s mystic journey through pinhole photography. Darkly beautiful in one photograph and then startlingly emotional in the next, each image is unexpected and impactful.

Richmond, Virginia Self Portrait with Pinhole CamerasRichmond, Virginia: Self Portrait with Pinhole Cameras

About The Artist

Willie Anne Wright, a Richmond, Virginia native, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also studied photography at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Maine and the Visual Studies Workshops in Rochester, New York. Her paintings, serigraphs and drawings were exhibited widely until 1972 when pinhole photography became her primary creative medium.

Among the institutions that have acquired her photography are the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, Virginia; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida; High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama; Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia; University of Maine, Bangor, Maine; University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, Virginia; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; and the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pawley’s Island, South Carolina Nancy by the Ocean, 4.28.1983Willie Anne Wright, “Pawley’s Island, South Carolina: Nancy by the Ocean,” 4.28.1983. 8″ x 10″ Pinhole photograph

About The Writers

Denise Bethel, formerly Chairman of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s, Inc., spent over three decades in the photographs auction business in New York, where she set world records for artists ranging from Southworth & Hawes and Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston and Diane Arbus. A Richmond native, she holds a B. A. from Hollins College, Virginia, and an M. A. from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where her second year was funded by a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts graduate fellowship. She is now an independent advisor, writer, and lecturer based in New York City.

Dr. Sarah Eckhardt is the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her department is responsible for the museum’s early twentieth century European holdings as well as the mid-to-late twentieth-century and twenty-first century collections, including photography and the sculpture garden. She received her B.A. from Valparaiso University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was awarded a Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship.

Susan Hankla is a poet and short storywriter from southwest Virginia. Her published works have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, New Virginia Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and in numerous chapbooks and poetry collections. She has been a recipient of the Virginia Prize for Fiction from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and at the Robert Frost Poetry Festival in Franconia, N.H.. She has taught at the Virginia Museum Studio School, University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Pre-Order Today!

The first copies of Direct Positive should be shipping around the time of the Book Release in November 2015, and the Direct Positive exhibition at Candela Books + Gallery, opening on November 5th, 2015.

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Announcing… UnBound4!

JULY 3 – AUGUST 1, 2015

UNB4.21 copy

Candela Books + Gallery is honored and delighted to present UnBound4!, its annual summer invitational and juried exhibition. This years UnBound4! will feature photography and photobooks from 50 artists – including emerging artists as well as established artists boasting national and international reputations.

As always, the public is invited to join us for an opening reception on Friday, July 3rd from 5-9 pm to view an array of the best and brightest in the photographic community.

Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to those selected. 2015’s UnBound4! will include:

Ben Altman Rachel Boillot Shane Booth Nadine Boughton Thomas Bouquin Mike Brodie Mat Brutger Shannon Castleman Larry Chait Troy Colby Whitney Cole Marguerite Courtney Lisa DiLillo Benjamin Dimmitt Antone Dolezal Daniel Duarte Jeri Eisenberg Tsar Fedorsky Andrew Fedynak Preston Gannaway Frank Hamrick Jackie Heitchue Jeff Jacobson Susan Keiser Cheryl Koralik Stacy Kranitz Danica O. Kus Peter Brown Leighton Joshua Meier Clark James Mishler Brittany Nelson Lydia Panas Ottavio Di Paolo Lori Pond Jessica Eve Rattner Justin James Reed Suzanne Révy Holly Roberts Alyssa Salomon Christopher Selleck Paul Shambroom Lara Shipley Robert Shults Liz Steketee S. Gayle Stevens David Trautrimas Robert Walz Claire A. Warden Angela Franks Wells Joshua White


To kick off the summer exhibition, Candela will host a gala event, on July 11th from 7 to 11 pm. Since its inaugural Unbound! event in 2012, Candela’s annual gala has served as a way to celebrate photography and to build the Candela Collection. Proceeds from the gala are used to purchase select photographic works for this collection from the UnBound! exhibition itself. Candela Gallery will eventually pursue opportunities to donate these works to notable art institutions locally and nationally.

Each year, Candela is heartened by the outpouring of support and overall enthusiasm of the event. Its unique efforts generate opportunities and exposure for participating artists.

2015’s UnBound4! gala event will feature beer & wine, music from the Richmanian Ramblers, mouthwatering back alley chicken, and anything else we come up with by then. Mostly it’s going to be a great summer party in the midst of amazing photography!

Event tickets ($40) will be sold in advance and at the door.
Raffle tickets ($10) will also be available in advance and at the event.

More information on the event to come! But feel free to email or call us with questions or to buy tickets in advance. 804.225.5527

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