"Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea"
May 13, 2014 – June 30, 2014
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs through June 30, 2014
To mark the exhibit's opening, Preston and Paul Moakley, Time's
Deputy Director of Photography, will screen a slideshow and discuss the stories in three of Preston's projects.
On May 13, Preston Gannaway's photo exhibit Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will open at The Half King. This work is a vibrant portrait of Ocean View, a shorefront neighborhood in Norfolk, VA.
"Preston's project jumped out at me for its mix of incongruity and harmony," Half King curator Anna Van Lenten says. "It's unclassifiable—some of her pictures are dream-like and surreal; others gently capture human dignity. Her style is colorful and playful, but respectful as well. She looks at the dark and light facets of this complicated community, and always checks in with the sea, the common denominator for all of Ocean View's inhabitants."
North Carolina native Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer. For over 12 years, she has focused on intimate stories about American families and subcultures. She has worked as a staff photojournalist for such newspapers as The Virginian-Pilot, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Concord Monitor. Her story Remember Me was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She has received multiple honors from POYi and NPPA. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is currently in production as a book. She is a regular lecturer and serves as a guest faculty in a variety of educational workshops. Most recently, she was named Finalist for 2014's Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award.
The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photojournalism. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.