Please join us at the Spotlight Gallery in Wagner College’s Horrmann Library for a solo exhibition by Len Rachlin, “1968: Street Photography from the Era.”
The exhibition will be on display throughout the month of June during library hours. Visit the Horrmann Library website for details. (http://wagner.edu/library/hours/)
The Horrmann Library is located on the Sutter Oval on the Wagner College campus at 631 Howard Ave., Grymes Hill.
Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
Len Rachlin is a photographer and sculptor who was born in Ellenville, N.Y. He graduated from Stony Brook University with both B.A. and M.A degrees. Later, he earned an M.B.A. degree from Baruch College. He studied sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. He learned the basics of photography from his father, who was a baby photographer and is otherwise self-taught. He worked for a hotel photographer, as a photography counselor at a summer camp, and for Stony Brook University’s Office of Public Relations to earn money for college expenses. Later, he did wedding photography before becoming interested in the artistic side of photography. Rachlin juggled being a math teacher with doing sculpture and photography.
He has exhibited, mostly in group shows, at various locations including Stony Brook University, Wagner College, St. John’s University, Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery, Staten Island Museum, Salmagundi Club, Numeroff Gallery, R.K. Parker Gallery, Rosenberg Gallery, Valsamis Gallery, SVA East Side Gallery, Red Carpet Gallery, Gallery 6, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Fort Wadsworth Visitors Center, Greenbelt Nature Center, Blue Heron Park and Planting Fields Arboretum. His sculptures are realistic figurative bronzes. He works first in clay, then plaster, and finally casts his work into bronze using the lost-wax casting process. The primary subject of his photography is people, mostly candid shots. Other subjects he has pursued are landscapes, nature, still lifes, nude studies and portraits.
Rachlin’s sculptures and photographs are in many private collections. His bronze portrait bust of George W. Curtis can be seen in the entrance vestibule of Curtis High School on Staten Island. He has published two books of his photographs, “Photographic Visions” (2008) and “Coney Island Views” (2008), both available at Blurb.com (http://www.blurb.com/user/sculptor999).
To see examples of the artist’s work, visit his website, lenrachlin.com.