Roger enjoyed capturing portraits of people that depicted them in their natural disposition and exhibited their true essence. He would share his love and knowledge for photography with anyone who would listen and served as a mentor to many. Katz passed away April of 2013 after a long-fought battle with cancer.
This exhibition is a visual celebration of his life, featuring over 150 vintage gelatin silver prints focusing on the many “colorful” characters of Brattleboro and the surrounding towns – primarily from the 1970’s through the 1990’s. This collection of photographs acts as a portrait of a unique community as well as Roger’s distinct ability to capture some of its’ finest, funniest, occasionally saddest, most memorable, and strikingly beautiful moments.
The exhibition will be on display from Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 29th, 2014.
Gallery hours are Fri/Sat/Sun from 12-5pm.
All prints are hand-made gelatin silver prints, crafted by Katz himself. All work is for sale for a minimum $25 donation each (unless otherwise marked). A portion of the proceeds raised by print sales will go directly towards purchasing archival storage materials to preserve the remainder of his work for future generations to enjoy. Professional digital reproductions of most prints are available upon request – please inquire.
Selection of images from the exhibition:
Roger was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 15, 1947, to Edward and Genevieve (Kocot) Katz. He was raised and educated in the Detroit area and after his father gave him his first camera, he made his own dark room in the basement of this parents’ house, where he honed his skills. Katz moved to Vermont in the ‘60s to attend Marlboro College, where he majored in physiology and liberal arts and met friend Bob Johnson, whom he would later work for at Omega Optical, Inc. He once owned two photography shops — Photo 101 and Elliott Street Camera — and operated Black Mountain Studios up until his death.