Ed Healy, Buffalo by Night
February 4, 2004 – March 19, 2005

Opening in the Passageway Gallery will be an exhibition by Western New York photographer Ed Healy, a 2004 Exhibition Award winner, entitled Buffalo by Night.  A graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Buffalo native Ed Healy has worked for more than 20 years in journalism and public relations.  After studying photography at SUNY Purchase in White Plains, New York in the mid-80s, he began experimenting with low light imagery, infrared landscapes and pinhole image making.  His work has been exhibited at CEPA, SoHo Photo in Manhattan, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, Alan Brown Gallery in Hartsdale, New York and the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts in Goldens Bridge, New York.

Buffalo by Night is a series of striking black and white photographs that explore how mood, ambience and emotional response to a landscape change as the variables of light and shadow change. It is also a documentation of the streets of Buffalo and the transformation the city undergoes each night as the moon rises, street lamps glow, security lights are triggered and headlights switched on. 

"Buffalo by Night" documents the streets of Buffalo and the transformation the city undergoes each night as the light of day wanes.  The landscapes include well known civic monuments as well as industrial sites along the Buffalo River and Lake Erie waterfronts, and the back alleys and side streets of the city that are often bathed in a provocative artificial light.

"Security lights, street lamps, headlights can all imbue a seemingly mundane landscape with a theatrical quality and dramatic possibility often lacking in the clear light of day,” said Healy. "I find that Buffalo resonates at night with a very distinct poetry of place and my photos are an attempt to capture that ambience."

“In Ed Healy's nocturnal photographs, Buffalo is cast in delicate, melancholic shadows," said Sandra Firmin, Curator for the UB Art Galleries. “His black and white images of the grain elevators shroud these immense modernist forms in darkness. Their daytime existence as abandoned, industrial-era buildings is shed, replaced by the countenance of de-throwned royalty.”

"CEPA specializes in presenting the work of new and emerging artists," said CEPA Executive Director Lawrence Brose. "We’re pleased to present the first solo exhibition by a Buffalo resident who has long participated in our Members’ Shows. We think Ed’s work will find a very receptive audience of people who have a passion for Buffalo’s architecture and urban landscapes."

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