“PRIDE (and prejudice),” a photo essay by photographer Lamar Marchese, will be exhibited April 29-May 1 at the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, located at 401 S. Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas. The exhibit is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas in conjunction with Las Vegas Gay Pride 2010. Access to the exhibit will be available on Thursday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., April 30 from 3 to 10 p.m., and May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public during the Pride Parade on April 30, but parking will not be available at the Historic Fifth Street School parking lot, due to the parade route.
The public is invited to a free opening reception for the exhibition on April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Gay & Lesbian Employees Alliance, with support from Eurie Creative.
“PRIDE (and prejudice)” documents the 2009 Gay Pride Parade in St. Petersburg, Fla., one of the largest such events in the Southeast. It focuses primarily on parade participants and spectators, but also includes protestors. The 30 large-format digital photographs illustrate the wonderful diversity of humanity and capture visually some of the joyful and sober emotions of the day.
Marchese, the founder and first general manager of Nevada Public Radio, has returned to the medium of photography since retiring in 2007. His interest in photographing people comes from his curiosity about the nature of the human subject and character. His interest is in photographing ordinary people in public settings, resulting in a merging of portraiture and photojournalism. His artistic and visual influences are Diane Arbus, Yusef Karsh and Federico Fellini.
For more information on the photo exhibit, call (702) 229-1012.