Telluride Gallery Of Fine Art Feb.: Budnik & Schreckengost, Art Walk +

A town-wide Telluride Arts’ Art Walk event at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art is happening on February 6, 2020, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., when the work of the iconic American photographer Dan Budnik and Telluride local artist Brett Schreckengost remains on display. For further information call 970-728-3300.

Dan Budnik is a photojournalist who has documented social, political, and cultural change in the world for past 55 years. In fact, he was close to The Man whose name rhymes with Civil Rights: Martin Luther King.

Budnik’s documentation of the Civil Rights marches in Selma, Montgomery, and Washington DC provides an intimate look at the participants and supporters in the artist’s signature style: personal, powerful, dynamic.

He was also at the center of the New York school of Abstract Expressionists, a movement that occurred right after WWII when the center of the art world shifted from Paris to New York City.

Budnik has also been a fervent advocate for indigenous people. Since 1970, he has worked with the Hopi and Navaho traditional people of northern Arizona and, for this work, he received  a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1973 and a Polaroid Foundation Grant in 1980.

In short, starting in 1957, while working for Magnum Photos, Budnik set out to capture American history and culture – and succeeded big time.

His rare original silver gelatin images from two bodies of work, “Marching to the Freedom Dream: Civil Rights Movement 1950-1960’s,” and “Picturing Artists: Artists in Their Studios 1950-1970’s” are in sharp focus of the Telluride Gallery show, which highlights unique darkroom prints.

Mrs. Frannie Kent Observing the Passing Marchers from her Porch at 939 Oak Street
Montgomery, March 25th, 1965, Dan Budnik.


March on Washington, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez & Paul Stookey inside Lincoln Memorial, D.C., 28 August 1963, Dan Budnik.


Jasper Johns, by Dan Budnik.

Brett Schreckengost is a filmmaker and photographer based in Ophir, a small alpine community at 9600′ in elevation near Telluride, Colorado.

Brett Schreckengost in action.

Schreckengost claims to have started out pretty “old-school,” learning the craft of photography in the darkroom for many years before coming into the light and embracing the digital age of image creation.

After a brief stint soul-searching and a hasty move to Los Angeles to work in the film industry on commercials and a feature films, he decided to move back to Colorado and start a small footprint production company that could deliver high production value imagery without all the burdens of typical production crews.

“My favorite subjects move fast and demand an intuitive, journalistic approach. My small production team thrives in the most challenging environments and difficult to reach locations.”

Schreckengost is an FAA remote pilot certificate holder and does a lot of work with sUAS these days shooting locations near and far from his mountain home – his primary muse.

“I embrace all forms of image creation, but seen to lean towards short form narrative storytelling and commercial work.”

Wilson Peak, Brett Schreckengost.

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