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Art: Spit & Peanut Shells at Country Club

By Tamera Lenz Muente · March 10th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

Documentary photographer Cheryl Dunn doesn’t flinch from the gritty, difficult side of life, as suggested by the title of her current show Spit & Peanut Shells: American Pictures at Country Club gallery.

“My pictures are pretty in your face,” she says. “I’m always taking pictures of people living on the street, for instance.

I’m really commenting on the socio-economic structure of our country, the circumstances we live in.”

She continues, “Now with President Obama and the changes over the past year, people have to acknowledge who we are, what we do and what we don’t do. It’s OK and really healthy to acknowledge shitty things, because that’s how they change.”

Dunn is an incisive documentarian of what’s happening around her. She considers herself more storyteller than photographer, in part because of her filmmaker side. Her show weaves narratives through images.

Read Tamera Lenz Muente's interview with Dunn here.



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