Celebrated photographer Charley Akers will have his first full gallery show in N.C. from May 14, with an opening reception from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at The Adler Gallery, through August. Akers will feature 12 artists from the mountains of North Carolina in an exhibition at The Adler Gallery in Asheville and an additional 12 artists from southern California in a simultaneous show, his third consecutive, at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel.
Asheville, NC has become known for its eclectic and immense quality of arts; culinary, performing and visual. The uniqueness of Akers’ bend on portraiture has found a foot-hold in a growing and thriving art scene. His unique portrait style integrates the artist and their work to provide the viewer a glimpse into a genuine moment, a moment when the artist is unmasked.
Each portrait is captured with a style that often has Akers compared to his greatest influence, Yousuf Karsh. The iconic images of many of the greats, such as Hemingway, Churchill and Einstein, were captured by Karsh and are still held up as the purest representation of these individuals. Akers follows suit in his remarkable ability to disarm the subject and catch a singular moment of who the artist is at their core. Step two for Akers is the integration of artist and art through technology, illuminating the passion and craft of the creator. The combination is magic. The artist and their art become one to form something entirely new.