“Community” – until July 28 at PAL

The exhibit is currently on display at PAL (Palo Alto Art League) until July 28.
Opening reception:  Friday July 7, 6-8pm at PAL

News coverage (Palo Alto Daily Post)


This exhibit celebrates the community, defined as a group that shares common norms, religion, values, interests, identity, work, geography, or a sense of place.  Some communities are deeply established and intimate, while others are more transitory.  Boundaries always define a community, and photographers who successfully capture the essence and character of these communities honestly represent themselves and intentions to create a bridge across the divide.

Each of these award-winning photographers successfully gained acceptance and trust from four different communities they captured through the lens.   Each photographer is a long-standing member of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop, which is hosting this exhibit.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Southern Mexico

By Michael J. Palma

Michael has been photographing in the southern Mexican State of Oaxaca for nearly a decade.  More recently, he has documented the celebrations around the Dia de los Muertos.  Despite modernization, this strong tradition reaches back through the millennia of the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures.  Through his photography, Michael has established enduring relationships, visiting their homes, sharing intense and intimate moments of this special time.  

An IT professional working in Silicon Valley, Michael has won awards in a range of local and international photography competitions.


Los Piscaderos (The Harvesters)

By Tomás Garza

Tomás Garza embedded himself into the daily life of strawberry farmers in Watsonville, California.  With his camera, he captures their backbreaking work, in the heat and dust, as they migrate from one strawberry field to another with Driscoll Farms, one of the largest growers in California.  Through a series of stunning black-and-white images, he captures their hard work, commitment, perseverance, and reverence for the land that yields their livelihood.  This exhibit represents only a small portion of a multi-year project Tomás has undertaken, and, through this process, he has developed numerous and meaningful relationships with those whom he has photographed.  

With a background in horticulture and agriculture, and bilingual in Spanish and English, Tomás crosses the ethnic boundaries easily to tell their story.


Alive in the Streets of San Francisco

By Paul Italiano

Union Square is alive with action.  Street scenes, filled with people eating and drinking in outside cafes, window shopping, spending money and carrying bags of goodies, enjoying conversations, walking their dogs—big and small—and generally enjoying the immense diversity of a global melting pot in one of the most beautiful, artistic, and lively city in the world.  Paul chose various locations where he could be among those in the community, blending into their environment, becoming an inconspicuous observer.

Paul Italiano is a professional, multi-talented photographer and videographer in the Bay Area.  


Rise Again (“Tindog Tacloban”)

By Roger Spinti

These thought-provoking and emotional images were taken in the Philippines following Haiyan, the most destructive typhoon in that country’s history.  What you see reflects the obliteration of homes and buildings; the physical injuries and medical team in action and resting;  the hospitality, friendliness, resilience, and indefatigable spirit of the Filipinos. Regardless of political, religious, or cultural divides, various teams coalesced to assist in the recovery efforts.  

In the future, Roger intends to return to these areas to bear witness to the recovery and visit those whom he befriended.

Tomás Garza, Michael Palma, Roger Spinti, and Paul Italiano at the Open House Event

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