Louis Draper N.Y. Exhibition Opening



The opening events for the new Louis Draper exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery this past weekend were excellent. The show – over 75 images – is beautifully installed and it is an honor for Candela to have helped put together this major solo exhibition of Louis Draper’s work.

Many old friends and colleagues, including some members from Kamoinge were in attendance and shared some memories of Draper and thoughts about this great work. An amazing opening reception last Thursday and then we had the pleasure of hearing Nell Draper-Winston lead a walk-through of the exhibition on Saturday. She is a beautiful speaker and she was as engaging as ever.

Thanks to all who came out and if you are in New York, the show runs until February 20th, 2016!








Major Louis Draper Exhibition in New York


Candela Books + Gallery is excited to share news of our collaboration with Steven Kasher Gallery in New York on a major exhibition of photography by Louis Draper. The exhibition will include over 75 vintage black and white prints spanning Draper’s career from the 1950s – 1980s.

We have been working on behalf of the Louis H. Draper Preservation Trust for three years now and we are thrilled to see Draper’s work get the recognition it so deserves.

The retrospective will open January 14 and will run through February 20, 2016. 

The opening reception will take place at Steven Kasher Gallery on Thursday, January 14th, from 6 – 8 PM. Gordon and Mrs. Nell Draper-Winston will be there for the exhibition opening.

A huge thanks to Mrs. Nell Draper-Winston, Mrs. Cheryl Pelt, and the entire team at Steven Kasher Gallery for sharing the work of Louis Draper!

The Character of Everyday People

Blackbird, Virginia Commonwealth University’s online journal of literature and the arts, has featured an excellent interview with Nell Draper-Winston, Sarah Eckhardt and Gordon Stettinius on the life and photography of Louis Draper. A transcription of the interview and a compression via video are included.

Louis Draper: The Character of Everyday People, also includes contributor’s notes from each of the interviewees. Thanks to Sarah Eckhardt, Briget Ganske, Michael Keller and the Blackbird editorial staff for their work on this project. We are thrilled to take part in broadening the legacy of Louis Draper!

The VMFA Highlights Draper, Again

In conjunction with their Deborah Willis curated exhibition, Posing Beauty, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has compiled works by African-American artists from their own permanent collection entitled Identity Shifts. Among those works are several Louis Draper photographs, acquired by the VMFA in 2013 under the direction of Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Sarah Eckhardt.

From the VMFA press room:

“Since the museum’s founding in 1936, VMFA has actively collected work by African American artists. In conjunction with Posing Beauty, this collection-based display will feature works by African American artists that use representations of the human figure or some aspect of the body (including hair) to explore how we construct and perceive personal and cultural identity. The selection of paintings and sculptures from the 1970s to the present features an array of perspectives and styles that underscore the complex factors informing conceptions of race and gender. Many of the 21stcentury artists – such as iona rozeal brown, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Robert Pruitt – mix national, international, historical, and pop culture references with personal stylistic preferences to produce images that provoke more questions about identity than they answer. The selection of photographs offers a survey of 20thto 21st century work – from James VanDerZee to Carrie Mae Weems and Hank Willis Thomas – while also highlighting the work of lesser known artists, such as Richmond native Louis Draper, who played a primary role in founding the first African American photography collective, Kamoinge, in New York in 1963. Many of these works will be on view at VMFA for the first time.”

Here are some images included in the Identity Shifts exhibition:

Draper.0055 Draper.0061

Bronx, 1975

Bronx, 1975

Press for Draper

Good news! With the recent opening of Louis Draper: Retrospective at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, there has been a surge of press coverage of Draper’s work:

Style Weekly

Richmond Magazine

hanging with mr bennette



Louis Draper: Retrospective will be on view at Candela Books + Gallery through February 22, 2014.