Oye Willie
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All of Frank Gimpaya's photographs are meditations on the human experience. Shortly before his death, Richard Avedon spoke of a "need to be close to his subjects." Clearly, Frank Gimpaya's figures are people he never knew other than in passing. There is, however, a different type of closeness here that brings the distance near.

As a viewer, yours is a leap of intimacy across space in places that do not care, with people who are not even aware that you exist. These are photographs that are as fragile as memories... arousing in us a sense of being and empathy.

A. Eric Arctander
Professor of Art History,
School of Visual Arts