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MY EYES WERE FRESH
THE LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF JOHN GUTMANn
A film by Jane Levy Reed


Directed and produced by Jane Levy Reed, edited by Nathaniel Dorsky, My Eyes Were Fresh is a profile of an artist who made an important contribution to the history of modern photography. It is film about a photographer and educator whose art and life forged a link between the European modernism of the early twentieth century and the burgeoning artistic culture of the San Francisco Bay Area in the second half of the century. But even more, it is a portrait of the development of a unique artistic sensibility, born out of the distinctive milieu of modern German-Jewish culture in Breslau and Berlin and shaped by the politics, the popular culture, and the emerging native modernism of the United States. Learn more at JLRFilm.com

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INTRODUCTIOn

"At the age of twenty eight I had never held a camera in my hand... "

 

AUTOMOBILES

"When I saw that an automobile was carrying an automobile, that to me was really bizarre."

  THE DEPRESSION

"People wanted things to change, and felt things had to change."
  AMERICAN CULTURE

"The bad taste in this country was sometimes so bad that it was great."
 

IMAGE CHRONOLOGY

View John Gutmann's family snapshots, paintings, drawings and photographs in the sequence that they appear in the film.

 

Festival Screenings
Special Atlanta Screening & and Panel Discussion

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John Gutmann, FAce Behind Veil (detail), 1939

My Eyes Were Fresh:
The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann
A film by Jane Levy Reed

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Panelists:
Ellen Fleurov - President, Crossroads Traveling Exhibitions &
Former Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art
Sylvia Naguib - Museum Curator, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

My Eyes Were Fresh chronicles the life and work of one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century photography. Gutmann helped transform American intellectual and artistic life from the 1930's-1970's. He had a singular gift for creating powerful and often iconic images with compelling emotional content.

The film is based on interviews with the artist and material drawn from his personal photographs and paintings from Germany and America. The film has been shown at over 20 international film festivals.

Sunday, April 6, 2008
3 - 4 PM
Atlanta History Center
Kennedy Auditorium (just inside main entrance)
130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

More information at: www.lumieregallery.net


PAST FESTIVALS
2007 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

2006 Miami Short Film Festival
2006 Northampton Independent Film Festival
2006 23rd Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Germany
2006 Tallgrass Film Festival
2006 Signals International Short Festival, England
2006 Rome International Film Festival
2006 Woods Hole Film Festival
2006 Seattle International Film Festival
2006 Atlanta Film Festival
2006 San Francisco Documentary Festival
2005 Santa Fe Film Festival
2005 The Mill Valley Film Festival

PREVIEW SCREENINGS
2005 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2005 Film Arts Foundation presented at Yerba Buena Center