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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Visioneer's Gallery: Revealing The Invisible Minority

Adam Stoltman’s new exhibition focuses on bringing an under-recognized group of Americans to the awareness of policy makers who can make a difference in their lives

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Stoltman comes from a genre of photography that one would hardly associate with cause-related work. As a sports photographer, he has shot some of the most iconic athletes in the world. Drawing a parallel between sports photography and the imagery he created for this project, Stoltman remarks, "I was attracted to sports photography because trying to reach for ideals and to transcend one's limitations has always affected me and what's drawn me to it. There is a fundamental humanity in both those quests—of being an immigrant and being an athlete. In many ways there is not that much distance between the two worlds. In sports photography there is a lot of idealism. You're photographing people who are trying every day to transcend their limits in much the same way that immigrants do. In many ways the two worlds are parallel."

Stoltman's unique perspective into human behavior layers the poignant portraits that are on exhibit at the show. Stoltman chose to create mixed imagery for this show—some as controlled portraiture of community members, some in their "new American context" in a citizenship class, some in their neighborhoods and others in health-care situations. Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, which was a partner in this project, was quite pleased with Stoltman's work. "Along the way, Adam has helped us see and understand—in a different way from grant reports and conference calls—the impact of our work to support our communities nationwide. He has revealed the spirit of the people who are affected by policies, which render them invisible, but in his images, the impact is clearly visible. It has been an honor and a privilege to partner with Adam, and we hope that you can feel the presence of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities as you view these photos, over 18 million strong."

Duggal helped Stoltman exhibit his work in the rotunda by mounting and laminating his prints and creating text panels to accompany the images. Kathleen Kohl, our fine art senior account manager, led Stoltman through various options for exhibiting his pieces in the rotunda. As an immigrant and a proud American, I'm extremely glad to have been able to help Stoltman with the final leg of his meaningful journey and very gratified at his response: "Duggal's overall support and guidance was invaluable as they were extraordinarily helpful in handholding and guiding. I am very appreciative of the support they provided."

It's wonderful to see photographers dedicate themselves to creating a sense of connectedness for communities that are still finding their identity and voice in this great country. I couldn't agree with him more when Stoltman says, "Photography is a wonderful medium for fostering identification, and I think in the times we're living in, where America is more culturally diverse than it has ever been, it's very important that we find those bridges between communities and cultures, so that was the hope for this material."

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