Opening reception: Saturday, February 24 from 5 to 8 PM
On view February 23 - March 18
Cooperative Gallery 213
213 State Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
At this time when the United States is still coming to terms with its own cultural diversity and parts of the world are torn apart by cultural, ethnic and religious differences, The Cooperative Gallery 213 feels that its next exhibit is most timely and pertinent. Photographs: The Old City is a contemporary look at the Old City, Jerusalem, Israel by documentary photographer, Bess Greenberg. This exhibit, which documents the shared humanity of people living together in a land of conflict, will be on display from February 23 to March 18 at The Cooperative Gallery 213, along Artist Row at 213 State Street, Binghamton. A reception open to the public will be held on Saturday, February 24 from 5 to 8 PM
Currently, Bess is a Jack Kent Cooke scholar at the International Center for Photography in New York City. Born and raised in Broome County, Bess graduated from Vestal High School and Binghamton University. After starring on the BU Women's basketball team she went on to become a professional basketball player.
While living in Israel, from August 2005-May 2006 on contract playing basketball for Anda Ramat-Hasharon, she pursued an independent project of her own. Amazed by its cultural diversity, and stricken with its historical and modern day relevance, she set out to document the life of The Old City.
Composed of four quarters-the Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim-the Old City presented a contrast of cultures that was inescapable. Religious families of different beliefs live as neighbors, despite creating distinct neighborhoods based on religion. It is these neighborhoods that Bess documents in her stunning black and white photographs.
The Cooperative Gallery 213 has been a pioneering presence on State Street, which is now the hub of the arts renaissance in Binghamton and a popular stop on the highly successful First Friday Art Walks, sponsored by Gorgeous Washington Association. The gallery is open every Friday from 3-6 PM, First Fridays from 3-9 PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-3 PM. To schedule an appointment to see this exhibit, contact Bill Gorman at (607) 775-0305 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For a look at Bess Greenberg's documentary photography, go to www.bessgreenberg.com. For more information on the Cooperative Gallery 213, go to www.cooperativegallery.com.
For a young woman not yet 30 years old, Bess Greenberg has been extraordinarily successful. Achieving national recognition as a basketball player for Binghamton University, she went on to play professional basketball in Europe and Israel, where at the end of last year's season she was voted Most Valuable Player. This degree of success is achieved not only through talent, but also by focus, determination, discipline and intelligence.
Bess is a remarkable young woman who is now turning her focus to becoming a documentary photographer. After being chosen as a Jack Kent Cooke scholar- a stunning achievement in itself- she enrolled in the prestigious International Center of Photography in New York City.
Bess, who has a wonderful eye for the"decisive moment" and a warm personality that gains her entrance to people's lives, will undoubtedly use her talent, focus, determination, discipline and intelligence to achieve a high degree of success as a documentary photographer.
We are lucky to be able to witness the beginning of what will assuredly be a fine career.
Photographs: The Old City is a contemporary look at the Old City Jerusalem Israel. Amazed by the cultural diversity and struck by its historical and modern day relevance, Bess, while living in Israel, set out to document life in the four quarters of The Old City.