The Photographs Of Don Gurewitz
Don Gurewitz came to his
career in photography through the back door. He was a college rabble-rouser,
a political activist, and a union spokesman working as a machinist at
General Electric. He taught himself to photograph in the mid-80s while
investigating labor issues in Central America during the civil war in
El Salvador and Nicaragua. When community groups around the country
invited him to speak about what he had seen, Gurewitz decided they needed
to know from both a philosophical and artistic standpoint.
A Life Of Its Own
"I also carry a Canon
EOS 630 as a back-up since I am rough on cameras and something is usually
broken from the grit and moisture where I travel. Some places are so humid
and, though I am careful, my equipment freezes up from all the moisture.
On a trek to the Tibetan kingdom of Mustang, where a fierce wind blows
through the gorges of the Himalayans, I was hiking with a sandblaster
at my back from 10 in the morning until the sun went down. I went through
three cameras on that trip."
A Citizen Of The World
"Photography has changed
me. It is an expression of an esthetic and a broad social outlook rather
than a narrow political one. I see farmers plowing and factory workers
as wonderful color photos. I'm impressed people are selling fish
they have just caught from the river and they have it displayed like an
Escher painting. I am not looking for any kind of gritty social commentary
but rather an appreciation of life."