DAFA Photography Invitational 2013 Aug 02

The Beatles are coming to Taos

In a landmark exhibition for Taos and the state of New Mexico, a series of rare photographs taken during the Beatles’ inaugural United States stage concert will be the highlight of the Annual DAFA Photography Invitational to be held at David Anthony Fine Art (DAFA) during the month of August.

These important works of renowned photographer Mike Mitchell will include new, limited edition prints of photographs taken during the Beatles’ 1964 performance in Washington, DC, two days after their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Mitchell, then eighteen years old, was granted a press pass, which remarkably gained him access to this defining moment in American pop culture. Having no flash available for his camera, Mitchell was forced to use existing light.  This would prove to be fortuitous with the advent of digital photographic technology, when his photographs could be fully realized.  Today, Mitchell’s dynamically nuanced images are appreciated for their artistic merit and historical significance.

A 2011 auction at Christies in New York entitled “The Beatles Illuminated:  The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell,” featured 46 prints in a special edition of one each. Many of the same photographs will be featured at DAFA, which are now widely regarded as iconic portraits of the world’s most famous foursome.  The auction achieved over $360,000.00

DAFA owner David Mapes is particularly pleased to be offering Mitchell his first gallery representation with a show entitled ‘Heading for the Light’.  Noting that Taos became a Mecca for artists captivated by its uncommon light, Mapes said, “In this incredible Beatles’ series and in his newer, profoundly mystical works, Mitchell’s photographs likewise mesmerize the viewer with their play of light and shadow that create intense visual effects”.

The Annual DAFA Photography Invitational is also hosting an array of accomplished and emerging photographers including local legend William Davis who remains exclusively represented by the gallery.  With a career spanning five decades and touching upon the celebrity for which Taos is also famous, Davis is known for his experimental use of film combined with digital art technology.

The Invitational will feature non-regional photographers and subjects as well.  “DAFA is a new venue for fine art, and my goal is to stretch the boundaries of my clients,” said Mapes.  “Art is an emotional adventure, and is as much a part of the Taos experience as its hiking and rafting.  If DAFA can contribute to the exploration of new things, then I have succeeded.”

The Annual DAFA Photography Invitational will host an opening reception on August 2, 2013.  Mike Mitchell will be represented by the gallery indefinitely.  David Anthony Fine Art is located at 132 Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM.

For further information regarding this event, or to schedule an interview with David Mapes or the artists, please contact David Mapes at (575) 751-0075.

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