Luke Powell Prominent Nature Photographer Now Resides In Queens County They are in every nook and cranny in Queens County--people with great accomplishments in various fields including art, sciences, literature, and photography. Some live here full-time. Others come from the United States or other countries for part of the year. Among these talented persons to honour us with their presence in this wonderful little part of the world is renowned nature photographer Luke Powell. He first moved from Vermont to Union Street in Liverpool. He later married local artist/musician/writer Marjorie Speed and they reside on Bristol Avenue, Liverpool. Luke was born and raised in North Carolina; he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969. While at Yale Divinity School he took painting under Bernard Chaet. He then spent 12 years traveling in Asia and Europe. He spent hundreds of hours studying and making small drawings in the Louvre in the early 1980's. Southern Song, Seventeenth Century Dutch, Barbazon, American "lumanist," and Japanese Ukiyo-e landscapes were important influences. Also important has been the influence of the color balance and proportions of tribal rugs from Central Asia. From 1973-82 Powell worked in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East building sets of photographs. In 1983 he settled in Vermont and began to learn to print for himself with the legendary dye transfer process, a fine color printing method he used until 1997. His most popular images are landscapes, intimate and tranquil scenes that almost always contain small figures. He combines traditional landscape concerns with flatter, often horizonless views and chooses pre-industrial subjects like Afghanistan that have topical relevance. When a book of his work was published in Paris the press dubbed him a "peace photographer," because of the serene nature of his images, and because these were often taken in lands now associated with violence. Powell has had over 100 one-person shows in over 30 states and six Canadian provinces from major museums like the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum to small art centers. His work has been shown in Russia at Manesh Hall, in Germany at the Fotographie Forum Frankfurt, and at the United Nations in Geneva. If all goes well in the coming months, it will be shown at the reopening of the National Gallery in Kabul. The most popular work by Luke Powell has been his exhibition The Afghan Folio, a sequence of thirty-two dye transfer prints. He has also printed a small exhibit called Paris in Winter with fourteen images. His last exhibition set printed with the dye transfer process is called Landscapes, and it contains four sets of eight prints each on Ladakh, Ceylon, Palestine, and Egypt. The Landscapes exhibit has larger prints and is a more mature work than the other available shows, but that show contains images from Palestine, and it has seldom been exhibited. In August 1997-8 Luke shot Vermont for a guide book published by Compass American Editions, Fodor's/Random House. This book, with text by Don Mitchell, first became available in April 1999; the second edition became available in autumn 2001. In 1998-99 he photographed the American West, traveling for months alone in a Volkswagen van. In 2000 he returned for six months to Central Asia photographing northern areas of Pakistan: Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza and Gojal. Then he returned to Afghanistan in the fall of that year to photograph minefields, affected communities, and minefield victims for UNAUSA in Taliban controlled areas and human rights images for UNOCHA in areas controlled by the Northern Alliance. In the fall of 2001 he began working for the United Nations Information Center in Islamabad. When the New Year 2002 arrived, he was still on horseback at midnight, enroute to Balkab, a remote area of the Hazarajat never captured by the Taliban. In February he returned to the north of Afghanistan with its rolling hills, flying with World Food Program assessment teams into remote villages by helicopter and shooting buskashi matches in Mazar-i-Sharif. In 2003 Luke worked and lived with the demining agencies ATC and MDC in Afghanisttan, traveled on food distribution missions with the World Food Program, and photographed the construction of schools and roads with UNOPS. For years he has supplied photographs to dozens of international aid groups and small charities and scholars serving the Afghan people. He has been trying for the last 25 years to publish a book about Afghanistan. Publishers say they love the photographs but they are afraid to publish something that makes a Muslim country look beautiful; they fear the public criticism. European publishers have said that they would publish such a book, but they are afraid of then being completely shut out of the American market for having done so.
Educational Background M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, Yale Universlity, 1972. A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1969. Wofford College, 1965-7.
Awards Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 12, 1990. Best of Category and Grand Award in the annual Communications Awards Competition, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). For: Carolina Alumni Review, University of North Carolina, Summer 1988. Lead article and color photographs. The Two Brothers Fellowship, Yale, 1971. Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, 1970.
Lectures Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Canada, November Afghanistan in 2002, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, October 3, 2002. Land Mines and Cluster Bombs, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, June, 13, 2002. Afghanistan, Working with the United Nations In 2002, University of North Carolina at Asheville, April 15, 2002. The Afghan Folio and Afghanistan today, Aliance Fran┴ais, Peshawar, Pakistan, June 2000. The Afghan Folio and Afghanistan today, The American Center, Islamabad, Pakistan, June 2000. Afghanistan Revisited, International Affairs Council, Omaha, Nebraska, September 17, 1999. Afghanistan in Photographs, Conference on the Environment in the Middle East, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, New Haven, Connecticut, October 23, 1997. Afghanistan, Haven of Peace and Tranquility, Emison Art Center, Depauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, March 6, 1991. Gallery Talk, North Gallery, Morehead Planatarium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 13, 1991. Afghanistan, Haven of Peace and Tranquility, Center for Afghanistan Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha, March 22, 1990. Dye Transfer Printing and The Afghan Folio, Visiting Artist Lecture, St. Lawrence College St. Laurent, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, December 11, 1989. The Afghan Folio and Dye Transfer, Opening Gallery Talk, Union Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel, September 17, 1989. The Afghan Folio, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, November 13, 1988. The Afghan Folio: Dye Transfer Prints, Florence Conlon Lecture, The Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, March 5, 1988. The Road from Oxiana: Travels in Afghanistan, G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, February 17, 1987.
Books Ladakh et Zanscar, ╚ditions S╚guier, Paris/Biarritz, 2001. 137 color plates, photographs by Luke Powell. Vermont, written by Don Mitchell, photographs by Luke Powell, Compass American Guides, Folor's Travel Publications, Inc., Oakland, CA, 2001. 100 color photographs. Transformations of Middle Eastern Natural Environments: Legacies and Lessons, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Number 103, New Haven, Connecticut, 1998. Front and back cover. The Baburnama, Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor, Translated, edited, and annotated by Wheeler M. Thackston, Sackler and Freer Galleries, Smithsonian Insititution, Washington, Oxford University Press, 1996. Six pictures. Successful Fine Art Photography, by Harold Davis, Images Press, New York, NY, 1992. One color picture. Timur and the Princely Vision, by Thomas W. Lentz and Glenn D. Lowry, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989. One color picture. Dye Transfer Prints: The Premiere Choice, Professional Photography Division, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY, 1986. One color picture. L'Univers de la Bible, ╚ditions Lidis, Paris, 1982-5. Selected photographs used in a multi-volume work. Paysages de la Sagesse, ╚ditions Herscher, Paris, 1981. 90 color plates, photographs by Luke Powell, text (7 pages) by Camille Bourniquel.
Public Collections Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusets. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Davidson College Art Gallery, Davidson, North Carolina. Depauw University Permanent Art Collection, Greencastle, Indiana. International Intellectual Property Alliance, Chula Viata, California. Institute for the Arts and Humanities, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, Germany. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont. Mus╚e des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland. Mus╚e de l'Homme, Paris, France. Mus╚e du Louvre, Paris, France. Office of the National Security Adviser, Executive Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas. U.N.E.S.C.O., Division for Intercultural Projects, Paris, France. Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Zanesville Arts Center, Zanesville, Ohio.
One Man Exhibitions Mus╚e des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1975. Duke University Library, Durham, North Carolina, 1978. Johnson Memorial Gallery, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, January 5 - February 23, 1986. George O'Bannon Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1986. Middle East Studies Association Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, November, 1986. Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont, June - July, 1986. Bridgewater Library Gallery, Bridgewater, Connecticut, August, 1987. Briscoe Gallery, Mississippi State University, Mississippi, November 11 - December 9, 1987. Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, March 6 - May 1, 1988. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont, March 12 - April 30, 1988. Polk County Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa, April 7 - May 7, 1988. Asia Society Gallery, New York, New York, May 15 - September 15, 1988. Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, June 1 - June 26, 1988. Manchester Institute of Arts and Science, Manchester, New Hampshire, August 12 - October 1, 1988. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, September 4 - October 6, 1988. Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown, Montana, October 1 - October 29, 1988. Maltwood Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, October 7 - November 20, 1988. Maier Museum, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, November 13 - December 18, 1988. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Art Gallery, November 16 - December 28, 1988 Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, December 9, 1988 - March 9, 1989. Friends of Art Museum, Naples, Florida, January 4 - February 4, 1989. University Museum of Art, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, January 12 - March 7, 1989. Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, February 15 - April 1, 1989. Grinter Galleries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, April 7 - May 5, 1989. Southern Alleghenies Museum, Saint Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania, April 8 - June 4, 1989. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, April 30 - November 19, 1989. Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, May 10 - June 11, 1989. McAllen International Museum, McAllen, Texas, June 1 - July 30, 1989. Columbia Museum, Columbia, South Carolina, June 18 - September 3, 1989. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 24 - November 19, 1989. Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, Lagrange, Georgia, July 1 - August 6, 1989. Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming, July 6 - 29, 1989. Carbon County Arts Guild Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana, September 1 - 30, 1989. Whistler House Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, September 10 - October 15, 1989. Union Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, September 11 - October 19, 1989. Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Michigan, October 1 - November 26, 1989. United Nations European Headquarters, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, October 12 - November 12, 1989. Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, Montana, October 15 - November 15, 1989. Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 15, 1989 - January 7, 1990 Fotographie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, West Germany, November 18 - December 22, 1989 Beall Park Art Center, Bozeman, Montana, December 1, 1989 - January 15, 1990. Spaso House, American Ambassador's Residence, Moscow, U.S.S.R., December 1, 1989 - January 15, 1990. Saint-Laurent Art Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, December 4 - 22, 1989. Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, Iowa, January 14 - March 25, 1990. Hockaday Center for the Arts, Kalispell, Montana, February 1 - 28, 1990. Center for Afghanistan Studies, The University of Nebraska at Omaha, March 1 - April 15, 1990. Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, March 15 - April 15, 1990. Owen D. Young Library, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, March 19 - April 15, 1990. The Museums at Hartwick, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, April 2 - July 16, 1990. Manesh Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R., April 15 - September, 1990. O.K. Harris Gallery, 383 West Broadway, New York, New York, May 5 - May 26, 1990. Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, July 17 - August 12, 1990. The Arts and Science Museum, Statesville, North Carolina, August 5 - September 2, 1990. Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey, August 5 - October 1, 1990. Davidson College Art Gallery, Davidson, North Carolina, September 3 - October 2, 1990. Morehead Planetarium North Gallery, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, September 28 - October 31, 1990. Residence of the United States Consul General, Leningrad, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Autumn, 1990. La galerie d'art Stewart Hall, Centre culturel de Pointe Claire, Pointe Claire, Qu╚bec, Canada, November 10 - December 2, 1990. The Texas Union Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, November 17, 1990 - January 12, 1991. Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio, December 1, 1990 - January 2, 1991. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia, December 7, 1990 - January 18, 1991. Galerie d'Art, Bishop's University - Champlain College, Lennoxville, Qu╚bec, Canada, Jan 15 - Feb 1, 1991. Manesh Hall, Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, February, 1991. Plandome Gallery, North Shore Unitarian Church, Plandome, New York, February 2 - March 1, 1991. Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, Feb 25 - March 24, 1991 Emison Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, March 6 - 22, 1991. Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, March 19 - April 13, 1991. Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, April 1 - 30, 1991. The Trout Gallery, Dickenson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, May 5 - September 9, 1991 Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania, May 19 - July 15, 1991. Gallery at Kimball Bourgault, Boston, Massachusetts, June 6 - July 31, 1991 Putney School Art Gallery, The Putney School, Putney, Vermont, June 20 - July 20, 1991. Castel Gallery, Meridian Community College, Meridian, Mississippi, August 25 - September 29, 1991. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, September 1 - 29, 1991. Visual Arts Gallery, Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, Florida, October 12 - November 10, 1991. Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia, October 19 - December 1, 1991. Sarah Lawrence College Art Gallery, Bronxville, New York, October 21 - December 20, 1991. National Exhibition Center, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, December 3 - 29, 1991. Moose Jaw Art Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 7 - February 2, 1992. Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut, April 23 - May 23, 1992. Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 21 - August 22, 1992. Bicentennial Gallery, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, October 29 - December 3, 1992. Maltwood Museum , University of Victoria, Vistoria, British Columbia, January 11 - February 15, 1993. Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, February - March, 1993. Bismarck State College, Bismarck, North Dakota, March 12 - April 16, 1993. Louisburg College Art Gallery, Louisburg, North Carolina, August 30 - October 1, 1993. Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, June 1 - Septemberć6, 1994 University Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, October 24 - 28, 1994. O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York, December 10, 1994 - January 7, 1995. La Tour des Cardinaux, L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Provence, France, September, 1995. Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, October 26 - November 21, 1995. Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, Texas, April 15 - July 15, 1996. Hermitage Foundation Museum, Norfolk Virginia, September 2-29, 1996 Perspective Gallery, Squires Student Center Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, October 8 - October 27, 1996. Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, U. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 26 - August 23, 1997 Mountain Film Festival, Telluride, Colorado, May 22 - June 22, 1997. Alberni Valley Museum, Port Alberni, British Columbia, September 11 - November 15, 1997. Maltwood Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 18, 1997 - January 5, 1998. Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, Michigan, April 2 - May 17, 1998. Arts and Science Center, Statesville, North Carolina, June 7 - July 5, 1998. Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, April 11 - June 6, 1999 North Country Museum of Arts, Park Rapids, Minnesota, May 24 - June 22, 1999. Alliance Fran┴ais, Peshawar, Pakistan, May 2000 The American Center, Islamabad, Pakistan, June-July 2000 The Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, April 22 - August 15, 2002 Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska, August 22 - October 26, 2002 Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island October 3 - October 26, 2002 Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, Autumn 2002 OK Harris Gallery, New York, New York, January 18 - February 22, 2003 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 29, 2004 (fund raising diner) Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont, May-June, 2004 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill April-May 2004