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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Dan Younger

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: Midwest

Travel Places

Chosen from several ongoing projects, the photographs in this exhibition focus on tourist spots in the United States that Dan Younger visited during breaks in teaching. In these images, the photographer creates psychologically charged moments by arresting gestures and events in mid-flow. A choreographer of life, Younger, with biting humor, underscores the idiosyncrasies of human behavior and the patchwork nature of public spaces with his incisive exploitation of color, further heightened in Photoshop. Imbued with the same excitement as tourist photographs, Younger's images reveal a sense of wonder, yet are also a canny critique of travel and tourism.

Younger captures the theatre of tourism using the visual language of street photography. Often keeping the camera at waist level, he makes most of his photographs on the sly, enabling the action to play out before his camera without self-consciousness. This way we see the unposed and unplanned in an environment that is usually full of orchestrated "photo opportunities" and planned vistas. Within the bombast of tourism's commercial hype, Younger reveals all that makes us human the frailties and the grace.

Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director, The Sheldon Galleries

"Places" cover of Sheldon Catolog

Sea World, San Diego, CA

Orange County Fair

Central Park, NYC

Fashion District, LA

Osage Beach, MO

Times Square, NYC

Disney World, FL

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