Maine Media Gallery, 18 Central St., will feature an exhibition of work by Rockland-based photographer Gary Briechle Thursday, Nov. 10, through Jan. 28. An opening reception with the artist will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“Gary Briechle Drawings & Photographs” will feature new drawings and photographic work. Briechle makes black-and-white photographs, often using a large format camera and the wet plate collodion process. Turning to the family, friends and moments closest to him for subject matter, Briechle does not shy away from dark or disconcerting imagery. Without judgment, he photographs women and children, the old and the young, the run-down and the beautiful, capturing an unfiltered and poignant reality.

The medium of photography “has the power to show the broken pieces, made whole again, for a moment,” Briechle has said, He also makes mixed-media drawings of similar subject matter, which will be displayed in conjunction with the photographs. The abstracted figures and simplified forms found in his drawings complement the stark realism of the photographs, while conveying a similar spirit and sensitivity toward his subjects.

Briechle was born in Morristown, N.J., in 1955; he moved to Midcoast Maine in 2001. His work has been published in several issues of the New York Times Magazine, and he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015. With a few exceptions, he draws and photographs daily.

Maine Media Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and by appointment. Maine Media Gallery showcases photographic and multi-media work of students, alumni, and faculty, as well as innovative media artists pertinent to our community. The gallery offers an outstanding collection of donated faculty work for sale, with proceeds benefiting Maine Media’s scholarship fund. In addition, the Maine Media Gallery houses Tim Whelan’s bookstore, nationally recognized for its impressive collection of fine art photography books.

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