Jim Gavenus specializes in documentary/editorial photography.
His projects emphasize the struggles of man while capturing
the beauty of the human spirit. His work can be seen in numerous
publications and has been exhibited in galleries and museums
throughout the country.
In his project Faces of Haiti, he captures the
beauty of this island country and its people, while the photographic
essay, Near Death, examines the strength, courage
and love of life exhibited by individuals as they face death.
Near Death has been widely published and most
recently won First Place in the Gordon Parks Documentary
Currently he photographs life in rural Alabama and people active
in the 1960's civil rights movement. This story, Southern
Accents, takes us to a place lacking many of the material
possessions life may offer, but is rich in culture, personality
The images were made while making friends and traveling the
back roads of Alabama in search of towns such at Smut Eye, Needmore
and Realtown. The photographer came to an unfamiliar place and
found an open seat on a stranger's porch. He found people who
welcomed him into their homes, fed him at their tables, educated
him about their past and shared their rich culture and personality.
These experiences have built an intimate body of work that
will be exhibited at Camera Work. The images examine these lives
and allow the viewer to experience the true beauty of the south
and the photographer's passion for creating pictures rich in