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Eric Breitenbach Exhibition
Eric Breitenbach

“Eric Breitenbach’s photos derive their power from the shock of intimacy. Something about the un-guarded moment of each photo lures the viewer in. We don’t know these people, and then, suddenly, we do.”
–Michael McLeod, Orlando Sentinel, 1991

"The direct and honest quality of the narration in Eric Breitenbach’s photographs is measured by his steady timing and resolving judgement... Photographers can hardly change the world they describe, but as we see in the work of Eric Breitenbach, they can give us the opportunity to pause and look brightly at our fears and fascinations.”
–Jeffrey Hoone, Lightwork, 1991


Eric Breitenbach has been a still photographer for over thirty years and a filmmaker for more than fifteen. His still photographs have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Details, Doubletake, Information Week, Labor’s Heritage, Essence, and Orlando magazines. He has had over 20 solo exhibitions of his photographs throughout the US and is represented in the permanent collections of the Duke University Center For Documentary Studies, The Carpenter Center at Harvard University, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ogden Museum of Art, The Norton Gallery of Art, The Southeast Museum of Photography, and the corporate collections of Cincinnati Bell and Polaroid.

In 1988 and 1989 Breitenbach visited and photographed in all of Florida’s sixty-seven counties. He called the resulting body of work The Florida Documentary Project, and the exhibition of 108 photographs appeared in ten museums and galleries throughout the state. Of The Florida Documentary Project, Jeffrey Hoone of Lightwork wrote: “…Breitenbach fashions a tenacious description of distracted innocence attracting boisterous attention.” He did a similar project in 1994, entitled The Sanford Documentary Project, in which he explored the three predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Sanford, Florida, where he had lived since 1986. The project was funded by the Florida Humanities Council and was exhibited at four locations regionally.

From 1991 to 1999 he photographed in the metropolitan Orlando area; an exhibition of 100 photographs debuted at Orlando City Hall in December 1999, entitled Orlando at the Millennium. Donated sets of photographs from all three projects reside in state and regional collections. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Eric Breitenbach has been a full time Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College since 1981. He has received institutional awards for both teaching excellence and professional development and research. Many of his students have gone on to become serious practitioners in the fields of still photography, film and video. He is married and lives in Sanford, Florida with his wife and partner, Phyllis Redman.

Eric Breitenbach - Life Stories is the inaugural exhibition of Faculty Focus, a regular series of museum exhibitions featuring the creative works of the photography faculty at Daytona State College.

Eric Breitenbach exhibition
NOTES ABOUT THE PRINTS
All exhibition prints are produced by the artist and are traditional Silver Gelatin prints from negatives. All prints are contemporary and are not edition numbered.

ACKNOWLEGEMENTS
The museum acknowledges the support and assistance of its partner organizations in the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, a joint enterprise of the photography programs at Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida (Daytona Beach) and the Southeast Museum of Photography, in the organization of this exhibition.

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Teenagers on a dock, 2006 by Eric Breitenbach Stray, Haiti, 1992-1996 by Eric Breitenbach Women, India, 1999-2000 by Eric Breitenbach
Teenagers on a dock, 2006
Stray, Haiti, 1992-1996
Women, India, 1999-2000

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