MAP + REVOLVE are pleased to host an evening with filmmakers Jethro Waters and David Raymond as they present a preview of their upcoming documentary about Ralph Burn's Elvis project, "In Love's Shadow". Ralph Burns will be present along with a selection of his photographs to answer questions, and entertain budding Elvis impersonators. There will be light fare and the usual refreshments. Join us in supporting one of the area's most celebrated photographers, and be a part of the process.
ABOUT THE FILM:
"It was the first anniversary of Elvis' death that began photographer Ralph Burns' annual pilgrimage to Graceland. Over a period of 30 years, Ralph has made an iconic body of work of this ritual, and in August 2017, he returned for the first time in nearly a decade for the 40th anniversary. Art and ritual are at the center of In Love’s Shadow. As much as this film is about the rituals of film, photography and the darkroom, it is also about the relationship between Ralph's ritualistic journey to Graceland and the fans who return each year to remember, mourn and celebrate Elvis. It is part of a larger body of work; a life's work that probes love, loss and ritual, and our species inclination/desire/need to believe in something beyond."
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
Ralph Burns has long been recognized as a photographer working mainly in the
“documentary” tradition whose artistic concerns include religion, belief, worship,
and ritual. His images have been exhibited nationally and
internationally, including at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,
MA; California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA; North Carolina Museum
of Art, Raleigh, NC; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England; Mitsukoshi Museum of
Art, Fukuoka, Japan; Kuntshalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; and locally,
including two solo exhibitions at the Asheville Art Museum, one solo exhibition
at Blue Spiral 1, and another solo exhibition at Pink Dog Creative. His work
is held in the permanent collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art and
the Asheville Art Museum, and in numerous private collections. Burns was born
in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he happily remained until after graduating from
college, and has lived in Asheville since the mid 1970’s. He is currently actively
working on several long term photographic series, as well as recently
initiating two new projects that he hopes to finish before 2020, or maybe 2030.
Jethro is a writer, director, and photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Spin, Billboard, among others. He recently directed the feature film "f/11 and Be There" based on the life and work of Burk Uzzle - an icon of American photojournalism and photography. Previously, he has directed music documentaries and music videos for Angel Olsen, Natalie Prass, Eric Slick, River Whyless, Matthew E. White, and a host of other musicians and artists.
David is a filmmaker, artist, art collector and curator. He recently produced the film, F/11 and Be There about photographer Burk Uzzle, with director Jethro Waters. You can find out more about him at: www.eyeofeternity.com.