Sal Lopes: The Water Project

Jepson Center September 6 - October 25, 2011

Exhibition Closed October 2011

Showcasing the most recent series of work by renowned photographer Sal Lopes, this installation consists of over twenty photographs of bodies of water taken around the world. From the English Channel and the lakes of the Swiss Alps to Niagara Falls and the California coast, Lopes has employed his keen photographic lens to explore the varying surfaces, shapes, and textures of water. The exhibition will be on view at from September 6 through October 25, coinciding with the Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival, which will be held at Trustees Theatre through September 24, following opening night at the Jepson Center on September 22.

For almost forty years, Sal Lopes has enjoyed a celebrated career as both a photographer and platinum printer. His work has been exhibited at such venues as the International Center of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Chrysler Museum. Examples of Lopes’s photography are held in the permanent collections of Telfair Museums, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and numerous other public and private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.

Lopes earned his BA and M.Ed from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, then began working in the Newport, Rhode Island, studio of photographer and printer Richard Benson in the 1970s. There, he participated in the production of portfolios for photographers including Edward Weston and Paul Strand. Lopes first earned acclaim as a photographer in his own right with a series of works that documented visitors’ reactions to the newly-erected Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, in the early 1980s, then cemented his reputation with a photographic series documenting people living with AIDS in the early 1990s.

In his more recent work, such as the Water Project images featured here, as well as the series Horse Spirits, Tree Forms, and Nudes, he has eschewed a documentary approach in favor of a more expressive and often abstract style. Lopes is still a highly sought-after platinum printer, creating prints for such clients as Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Aperture, and many other prominent photographers and publishers.

Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival; September 22-24
September 22: Opening Night, Jepson Center
September 23-25: Trustees Theatre

Sal Lopes:The Water Project and Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival made possible in part by NOAA and the Skidaway Marine Institute Foundation

Swiss Alps

Sal Lopes  (American, b. 1943);  Lake, Swiss Alps, Grindelwald, Switzerland; Archival pigment print on photo rag;  19 5/16 x 31 5/16 inches;  Telfair Museum of Art; Gift of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, 2010.18

Brehat Island

Sal Lopes  (American, b. 1943);  Island of Brehat, Brittany, France; Archival pigment print on photo rag;  19 7/16 x 29 5/16 inches;  Telfair Museum of Art; Gift of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, 2011

This exhibition is sponsored by Mrs. Robert O. Levitt.


Artist will be honored at opening reception for the 2011 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival.

Jepson Center
September 22, 2011