It’s been a good few months for photographer Phil Pantano.
“The American Worker,” his series of 19 stylized, black-and-white portraits, was on view in a popular exhibition in Main Street Studios in June. The series also appeared in the June issue of Adore Noir, a niche magazine for black-and-white photography enthusiasts. And now, after aggressively marketing his series to local and national media, Pantano’s work will appear on the cover of Shutterbug magazine’s February issue with an accompanying article by local writer Jim Corbran.
To celebrate the achievement, Pantano has organized a new exhibition of his photographs opening at 6 p.m. Friday in the iPrintfromhome.com Gallery (2630 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore). The show will feature all of his stark portraits, each of which Pantano intends as a tribute to the spirit of working-class America. The photographs have purposely anonymous titles – “The Paramedic,” “The Artist,” “The Priest” – which adds a mythic and universal aspect to the work.
The Shutterbug magazine cover features Pantano’s portrait of Sean Madden, a Rochester-based artist known for his edgy and often psychedelic paintings and drawings. The exhibition remains on view through Jan. 24.
– Colin Dabkowski