Studio News: Harvey Finkle – Under One Sky

poor black immigrant using old mattress as a trampolene
Photo: Harvey Finkle, Copyright 2022
 
Dear Friends:
 
Under One Sky: Documenting Immigrant Communities in Philadelphia The Photography of Harvey Finkle is an exhibition being planned for October of this year. We are raising much needed funds to assist with the matting, framing and mounting of 43 photographs out of the 83 that will be in the show and any amount donated will help us get closer to achieving our goal of being able to show these amazing photographs. Below please find a little more about Harvey’s work and this exhibition.
 
For five decades Harvey Finkle has documented immigrant communities, as well as social and political activism in Philadelphia and other US cities. He photographed and documented the Sanctuary Movement in the early 1980s and in 2003 his exhibition Philadelphia Mosaic: New Immigrants in America was held at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
 
 Under One Sky: Reflecting Immigrant Communities Through Photography 1982-2018 will present thirty-six years of Harvey Finkle’s photographs documenting the many immigrant communities that call Philadelphia home and is the biggest retrospective of his immigrant photographs to date. 
 
The proposed exhibition also comes at an important time when immigrant communities in the USA are experiencing backlash, and in the case of Asian and Pacific Islandercommunities, a rise in attacks and violence in the form of anti-Asian hate. It is also an important exhibition as Harvey is no longer able to photograph due to the onset of rapid macular degeneration, which forced him to give up the camera, despite this challenge, Harvey continues to work by organizing, distributing, printing, editing and showing his work while continuing to make photos with a digital printer. 
 
The exhibition will present over 80 photographs showcasing 17 immigrant communities living in North, South and West Philadelphia. The groups represented in the exhibition include Indonesians, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Indian, People from Burma, Bhutanese (Nepal), Mexican, Peruvian, Guatemalan, Liberians, Afghans, Lebanese, Ethiopians, people from Sierra Leone and Jamaicans. 
 

Below please find a link to our indieGoGo fundraiser. Your generous contribution no matter how small will assist us in readying the work for exhibition. Thank you in advance for your consideration. 
 
 
Sincerely yours,
David Acosta & Harvey Finkle.

Berrisford Boothe: Selected Works

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Berrisford Boothe: Selected Works

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An Artist on Top of His Game

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Berrisford Boothe is a former professor of art at Lehigh University, and a visual artist with a 30-year practicing and exhibiting presence in the Northeast regional, national and international art scene. Painting is his passion. Boothe has amassed fifteen career solo exhibitions and participated in more than 70 group exhibitions. As a printmaker he has had residencies at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, The Brandywine Print Workshop, Pondside Press, St. Barnabas Press, The Print Studio, Cambridge, U.K., and The London Print Studio, U.K. He continues his active practice and exhibits his work nationwide and internationally. 

His works are part of several collections private and public in the U.S., South America and the U.K.  Most recently works have been added to The Pennsylvania Convention Centers permanent collection, and the David C.  Driskell Center in Maryland. Boothe’s works have been featured in seminal exhibitions such as ‘In Search of the Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art’ at The Woodmere Art Museum, ‘Afrocosmologies: American Reflections’ at The Wadsworth Atheneum and the African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA

Beginning in 2012 through 2020, he was the founding and Principal Curator for The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, collecting over 430 works of African American art. Among other exhibitions during that time, he curated the Portland Art Museum’s  2017 exhibition, ‘Constructing Identity’ and was an essential presence in producing the seminal 2019-20 Wadsworth Atheneum exhibition, ‘Afrocosmologies: American Visions.’ 

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Portrait of the artist Berrisford Booth at an installation of his paintings
Berrisford Boothe

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Editors Note: This is Berrisford Boothe’s first contribution to Tony Ward Studio. To purchase or inquire about work exhibited here contact:bwb0@lehigh.edu

Xavier Ingram vs. Camden City Police Department

courthouse in Camden NJ for the Xavier Ingram trial
Michael H. Cohen United States Courthouse

PRESS RELEASE

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Xavier Ingram vs. Camden City Police Department

Zav Ingram was a 20 year old young man in the summer of 2014. He lived in an area of Camden that still resembles parts of war torn Afghanistan.  If you stand at the corner of 7th and Chestnut Streets and draw a 5 block radius you will not see a playground, basketball court, pal center, community center, park bench, blade of grass, flower, bush or tree. There was nothing there that hot summer evening and Zav and his friends did what they always did: they hung out in the courtyard.

Only on this summer day three Camden County Policemen dressed for battle marched into the court and caused the kids to scatter. Zav knew he had an outstanding warrant on a dmv charge and so he calmly walked toward the corner Bodega to wait for a friend and avoid the cops. But the cops followed him. When he came out of the Bodega he was rushed by them and he panicked. So he ran. But not a long way. He ran down the street and ended up slipping onto the ground where he raised his arms in surrender. After all – it was just a motor vehicle violation. 

But the cops were not satisfied. They kicked and punched him and stomped on his back and neck. When he screamed that he hurt and couldn’t feel his legs they hoisted him up to pat him down and look for the non-existent drugs and the non-existent gun and they dropped him on his face in the middle of the street. He was paralyzed and couldn’t hold his own body weight. Eventually, after leaning him against one of the cops knees for the “pat down” he was lowered to the ground and the ambulance arrived.

Zav would never walk again. Or move his arms. Or move his feet. Or hug his grandmother or his girlfriend. He has been in this awful state of demise living in nursing care facilities for 8 years while the officers of the law who caused this tragedy got merit badges for doing a great job and lied on police reports to cover their own butts. They claim he fell and caused his own injury. He broke his own neck and his own back because he was such a klutz; all 6’ 160 lbs of sinew and youthful muscle. 

It took 8 years to get this case to trial. 8 years during which people protested about George Floyd, Amad Arbury, Breanna Taylor and every other cop killing. Maybe if he had died he’d get the recognition he needed.  Instead he is living a hell on earth as his body deteriorates and the police claim it was his own damn fault.

That trial started today. It will go on for 4 weeks in Courtroom D4 of the Federal Court House in Camden. Hopefully the jury will recognize the dirty tricks, lies, improper police procedure, improper training, and atmosphere of duplicity that surrounds these three officers, the head of the department and the entire system that has covered this up while he rots in bed unable to do anything on his own. 

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Editor’s Note: After several weeks of trial, the jury is hung, click here for the latest update: https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2022/03/29/xavier-ingram-camden-county-police-paralysis-lawsuit-deadlock/7210840001/