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Newland rodeo photos chosen for inaugural exhibition at Peoples Gallery in San Francisco

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Bob Newland with Peoples Gallery owners Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher
at show opening Saturday, March 19, 2011


I met Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher (above) in Rapid City SD in April 2010. They were looking for bodies of work to exhibit in their gallery. They liked my rodeo photos.

Their gallery is People's Gallery in San Francisco. They invited me to display and consign about 50 darkroom-process prints. I haven't been in a darkroom since 1985, and I only had about 100 silver halide rodeo prints left over from my rodeo photography days. I managed to scrape together 50 prints that I thought were worthy of exhibition.

The opening was Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 6 to 10 pm. During that time I estimate that about 400 people (maybe more) came through the gallery, which was one of three contiguous galleries associated with each other. A fairly recent influx of artists and other entrepreneurs is effecting a revitalization of the Mission District in San Francisco.

This was a really lucky thing to have happen to me. I don't have visions of being recognized as any kind of photographic guru. What happened was that I was reasonably competent, chose exciting subject matter, promoted my own work, and fell into a fortuitous situation. The result was that work I did a lifetime ago found a new audience, if only for a few hours. I trust, though, that quite a few people will wander through the People's Gallery before May 7, which is when my work comes down and the next artist's work goes up.

Friends of Bob's, Mike and Michelle Aldrich

Harrell Fletcher, Jens Hoffmann, Bob Newland, Jana Blankenship
Harrell, Jens and Jana are all collaborators in the People's Gallery


This is the view of the building across the street through the front window of the People's Gallery.
The Mexican restaurant at left is excellent, with friendly staff.
On its wall it has a plaque with the legend: "Site of sale of first burrito in the USA, 1936."

Bob talks with his cousin, Gail, who lives near San Francisco.

Scene from the gallery talk

Bob shamelessly promotes his book of photos of Days of 76 Rodeo 1981-83

Bob, his cousin, Gail, and Gail's stepdaughter, Joelle

Bob with sister-in-law, Ceci


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