RNG Gallery is pleased to present Street Life Fragments: Photographs from the Razors Edge, an exhibition of photographs taken by Sam Herron. The exhibit opens Saturday, November 14th and will be available for viewing until Sunday, December 6th. A public reception to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery. RNG Gallery shares space with Dixie Quicks restaurant and is located at 157 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs.
Herron's photography documents issues of homelessness, economic calamity, and dehumanization in contemporary America. Since 2012, the Omaha-based photographer's haunting-yet-tender work has been steadily cultivating an international audience and the admiration of his colleagues. Now he's about to publish his first book: Street Life Fragments: Stories and Photographs from Homeless America. Slated for a 2016 publication by Loyola University-Maryland's Apprentice House Press, the book combines photography and memoir into an unflinching examination of what it's like to be down-and-out in a thriving city.
Street Life Fragments transforms his firsthand experience of life on the streets into a microcosm for life on the edge in contemporary America. Herron-a former millionaire whose personal tragedies, illness, and bad luck cast him into extreme poverty at fifty-is forced to confront the dark side of the American dream at an age when recovery is improbable. Through the lens of a pawnshop camera, he discovers a side of humanity he once feared and ignored. The insights gained through his art, along with heartfelt interviews with people whose suffering belies the feel-good narrative of increasing prosperity in a digital age, help him transcend the solipsism that had catalyzed his fall, and finally imbues him with a selfless sense of purpose, compassion, empathy, and service. He currently works as an assistant manager at Siena Francis House, a homeless shelter in Omaha.
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness. H&H week offers the chance to contribute to a national social movement. NCH's aim is and always will be to eradicate homelessness by solving the root causes of it. We aim for activism in this vein. For this year's H&H week we are focusing on the laws passed by local governments around the nation which prevent people experiencing homelessness from doing life-sustaining activities. Let's bring light to this issue, pressure lawmakers and Bring America Home together!