Fovea Opens Studio Mali on Jan. 26

Photographs by François Deschamps also on view in New Paltz

Fovea Exhibitions will present Studio Mali, an exhibition of photographs by François Deschamps, opening on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through April 7.

Photo courtesy of Fovea

Photo courtesy of Fovea

Companion exhibitions at Fovea and with the Samual Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz provide a glimpse of the people and culture of the West African nation of Mali. Studio Mali at Fovea features photographic portraits by Deschamps made at an onsite West African-style photo studio with his Malian subjects, as well as miniature studios replicating actual studios of working photographers in Mali.

Deschamps will be in residence at Fovea to take instant photographic portraits of visitors to the exhibition to bring home with them, using a similar process as used in his Malian portraits, on Saturdays, March 2 and March 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.

At the Dorksy, two more exhibitions provide a nuanced glimpse of the people and culture Mali — Photo-Rapide: François Deschamps features more photographs by Deschamps, and Malian Portrait Photography showcases historic and contemporary Malian portraits by some of the country’s best-known photographers, including Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta.

Fovea Exhibitions is a volunteer-run nonprofit whose mission is to educate through visual journalism. The gallery, at 143 Main St. in Beacon, is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 6 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, contact Fovea at 845-202-3443 or [email protected], or visit their website,

The Samual Dorsky Museum of Art is located at 1 Hawk Drive in New Paltz. Contact the museum at 845-257-3844, or visit their website,

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