Charles Rotmil: The Famous and the Cities of Paris and New York


The exhibition will be on view from September 15 through November 13, 2016. There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, and First Fridays – October 7th and November 4th. Admission is free.

The focus of this exhibition is of famous artists such as Carol Chute, Harold Garde, Larry Rivers, plus several scenes of Paris and New York, includes remembrances of his roots in war torn Austria during the second World War.

Charles was a hidden child in WWII. His father was arrested in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz on Train 21 “Number 779” and gassed upon arrival. His visit to the camp was to pay homage to his father. Deep feelings emerge from these images that remind us to never forget the atrocities that took place.

“I have been a photographer as long as I can remember. I never had a studio although I worked as an assistant for years in New York City. My first job was with Allan Arbus who was then doing commercials and fashion. Dianne Arbus used to come into the studio to print. Robert Frank was an influence, as well as Harold Feinstein. In the 1970s I worked for art galleries and often went to the Cedar Bar in the village in New York. There I met many artists and writers from Jack Kerouac to Warhol to Larry Rivers and others. I did work with the Leo Castelli gallery.

I am mostly a street photographer. I do my best to be as true to what I see as possible. In Maine I meet artists like Harold Garde and Robert Indiana whom I knew when he had a studio in lower Manhattan. Like a flaneur I wander the streets and photograph what draws me, in a face, or the wonderment of a city like Paris or Portland.” Charles Rotmil

Photographs: Carolyn Chute.jpg, Harold gardeb&w.jpg, Larry Rivers.jpg