Museums + Galleries

Oh, The Humanity

Mpls Photo Center opens three exhibitions with a common theme.

It will not be a quiet month at the Mpls Photo Center. The gallery/education facility in the North Minneapolis Arts District will be opening three photography exhibits in November, all of them opening simultaneously, all featuring work by nationally known photographers, and all addressing themes of humanity and courage.

Photo by Kellye Eisworth, courtesy Mpls Photo Center

Mark Seliger, former chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, will be exhibiting photos from a project called When They Came to Take My Father, featuring 22 black-and-white photographs of Holocaust survivors, accompanied by the subjects’ written personal recollections of those dark days.

The winners of an MPC-sponsored photography contest make up the second exhibit, The Human Condition: A Survey of Humanity. Judged by renowned National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths-Belt, the theme of the show allowed for a broad range of subject matter and styles. According to Griffiths-Belt, the winning photograph, My Father, Pensive “glows with tenderness and exquisite light.” The other winners and honorable mentions will also be on display.

Finally, Minnesota photographer Doug Knutson weighs in with a series of 20 portraits of various living Nobel laureates, including Elie Wiesel, Lech Walesa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and 16 others. Though he has shot commercially for Time, Business Week, and many other publications, Knutson is an equally serious student of documentary photography and portraiture.

All three shows open Nov. 10. Mpls Photo Center, 2400 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-643-3511,