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Photographic pigment prints

Portfolio of 6 prints; 13 x 19 inches each, unframed

Starting bid: $300

Estimated value: $500-$750

With decades of experience documenting Midwestern cities like Detroit and Chicago, Dave Jordano creates stirring images that honor urban histories, recover hidden narratives, and bring dignity to the people and places that persevere. In response to his lauded practice, Laura and Fred Bidwell commissioned Jordano in 2019 to create a new body of photographs about Cleveland. With a keen eye, Jordano delved into Cleveland’s vernacular architecture, drawing out poignant beacons of hope and celebrating the resilience of spirit embedded in the places that define and drive our community. This lot includes six exceptional images shot at night from this 14-part series that was exhibited at the Transformer Station in late 2020.

Dave Jordano, 

6 photographs from the (Human) Landscapes series, 2019


Dave Jordano

Dave Jordano (Born Detroit, Michigan, 1948) received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974. In 1977 he established a successful commercial photography studio in Chicago, IL, shooting major print campaigns for national advertising agencies. Since 2000, Jordano has concentrated on fine art documentary photography. He received the Curator’s Choice Award for his documentary work and has been selected as a top 20 finalist in Photolucida's “Critical Mass” International Photography Competition several times. A major exhibition of his work from the “Articles of Faith” project was held at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois in 2009. Jordano won the prestigious Canadian AIAMI / AGO Photography Prize in 2015, which included a $50,000 stipend and a six week residency in the northern arctic town of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.

Jordano has exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work is included in several private, corporate, and museum collections. Most notably the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, the Harris Bank Collection, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

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