That Much Further West at Paul Paletti Gallery



Contact: 713 East Market St.,
Louisville, KY 40202
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That Much Further West:

Three Visions from New Mexico

Kirk Gittings, Jan Pietrzak and Philip V. Augustin

July 7 – September 30, 2017

The Paul Paletti Gallery is pleased to bring a trio of New Mexican photographers to Louisville for our summer show. Kirk Gittings, Jan Pietrzak and Philip Augustin all specialize in black and white photography.

Kirk Gittings has resided in New Mexico for 57 years and has been a dedicated photographer since 1970. His commercial architectural photographs have appeared on over 150 magazine covers and in 95 books, while his black and white photography is represented in 27 museums, institutions and collections. Kirk’s work has been shown in over 120 exhibitions, including his 30 year retrospective at the Paul Paletti Gallery in 2003. He is contributing faculty at both the Chicago Art Institute and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Jan Pietrzak is a college educator and fine art photographer specializing in the Xtreme contact print process known as Platinum/Palladium Printing. He received his formal education from La Verne College and attended the Ansel Adams Workshop in Yosemite, CA in 1974. He currently lives outside Santa Fe.

Philip V. Augustin lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has nearly 40 years experience and strong roots in the classic West Coast style of black and white photography. Philip’s recent abstract work has been widely exhibited and was featured at the New Mexico Musuem of Art in 2016. He is contributing faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and has worked as a Curatorial Consultant for the Georgia O’Keeffe Musuem.

These three photographers represent very diverse approaches to photography:

  • Kirk Gittings’ work is in the tradition of large format black and white photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, but with unique style and vision that celebrates the rugged romanticism of the New Mexico landscape through elegant technical mastery of traditional and contemporary photographic processes.
  • Jan Pietrzak’s work with the platinum printing explores the use of this antique process and how it integrates with the light and imagery of the landscape. His work consists of small and intimate contact prints, with an extreme tonal range unique to platinum printing.
  • Philip Augustin’s uses light and shadow to create ambiguity and challenge the viewer to see beyond the subject’s physical form. This selection of work includes his bold minimalist images of architectural subjects, dynamic gestural close-ups and his most recent work in which he frees the objects he photographs from their relationship with our visual reality.

This show will open for the July Republic Bank First Friday Hop on July 7, August 4th and September 1st 2017. A reception with the photographers will take place later in the show’s run, with details to follow.

About Paul Paletti Gallery

Since 2001, Paul Paletti Gallery has exhibited historic and contemporary photographic artworks of museum quality in which the photographer combines a superlative degree of technical virtuosity along with a distinctive vision. Located in the heart of Louisville’s East Market Street Gallery District (NULU), the gallery’s permanent collection and its rotating exhibits educate the public about photography as a sophisticated art medium that is varied, beautiful and highly collectible.


The gallery is located at 713 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202, and is open Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm and by appointment. Contact us at 502.589.9254 or visit our website at


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