November 13, 2010 through December 08, 2010

Laura Valenti - “The Family Home”


In this body of work, photographer Laura Valenti explores the house her father grew up in, just outside of Philadelphia. The work is a homage to the history of her family, and to the place they called home for so many years. It is also a deep look at a place haunted by an unusually high incidence of cancer – an unknown pollutant has caused many in the neighborhood to fall sick and pass away. The series is a search for beauty, peace, and a comforting sense of home – in the shadow of a terrible illness.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in support of their work to find a cure, and to provide resources to patients and families dealing with cancer.

Laura Valenti is Program Director of Newspace Center for Photography, a nonprofit school, community darkroom, digital lab, studio, and gallery in Portland, Oregon. She curates and juries exhibitions in Portland and nationally. You can find her work in the collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and in many private collections. Outside of photography, Laura is a half-marathon running mentor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. She is still trying to figure out how to carry her twin-lens reflex camera with her during her runs. Her degree is from Reed College. She lives in Portland with her wonderful husband and dog.

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