The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County is pleased to present our newest exhibition: The Dalton Gang featuring 6 seasoned photographers from the DMV region!
The Dalton Gang
On exhibit: May 2 – June 8
The Dalton Gang consists of photographers Bruce Fagin, Edward Savwoir, Michael Smith, Sandy Adams, Bonita F. Bing, and George Dalton Tolbert IV. Drawing inspiration from an infamous gang of outlaws in the Wild West (& George’s middle name), Michael Smith coined the group of artists The Dalton Gang. A few of the photographers met at Howard University in the 60s, while the others became acquainted after joining the Exposure Group, an African-American Photographers Association in Washington DC. Each artist has chosen 10 pieces from their personal collection to represent the gamut of their photographic career, emphasizing their individual styles and preferences.
Meet the Dalton Gang at the opening reception, May 4, 6-8 pm.
About the Artists
Bonita F. Bing
Bonita F. Bing, a native Washingtonian, has been photographing for the past 30 years. She became interested in photography in high school after her father gave her a 35 mm Retina IIIC camera. She received a B. A. Degree in Speech Communications in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending the University of Pittsburgh she was a photographer for the yearbook. She has worked as a Network Operations Specialist for thirty (30) years for the U.S. Senate Sergeant At Arms and currently worked for thirty-three (33) years with the federal government. She has been the President of The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association, a professional photography association, for the last 16 years and a dedicated member for 21 years.
Bruce Fagin, born in Washingtonian D.C. and educated in its public schools, began using a camera as part of his art education at Howard University. For the next twenty years he incorporated that art education and photography into his occupation as a graphic designer. Bruce emphasizes dramatic light in all of his photographs and saturated color when not shooting black and white. This reflects his perception on life, bright moments of illumination and mysterious occurrences of reaching out into the unfamiliar.
Edward is a Washington, D.C. based photographer with over 20 years of experience. Although self-taught, he acknowledges the influence of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Charles “Teenie” Harris. To him each image defines a moment in time. What differentiates his approach to photography is his documentary style, the deliberative process.
George Dalton Tolbert IV
George D. Tolbert IV served as the first African-American Official Photographer for the United States Senate. His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, such as Time, Jet, and Ebony. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Exposure Group.
Michael started his artist journey with a certificate in Advertising Art. Later, after serving in the military and joining the DC Fire Department, he became interested in
photography. Later after studying forensic photography at the University of Maryland, photography became another tool in his fire and arson investigations. When Michael retired from the Fire Service, he went professional with his photography. Weddings, portraits and events were the main focus. But his love of travel and the environment was his personal passion. His background in art, digital photography and now Photoshop became perfect for his future. Michael now considers himself a Photo-Artist. When he takes an image with his camera, it is the beginning of what his mind sees it to be. That can be anything from normal processing to it becoming a painting on canvas using acrylic paints.
Sandy Adams is a native Washingtonian and attended Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in
Photojournalism before pursuing a career in law enforcement. After many years of practicing photography “on the side”, she recently decided to pursue her passion for
photography full-time. Sandy owns and operates Outdoorvizions Photography where the primary focus is man-made, man-made with nature, and nature as decorative art photography. Basically, anything outdoors is fair game. Secondary is event photography with clients including Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.; Asbury United Methodist Church, Washington, DC; The District of Columbia Office of Inspector General and private parties.