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Kendall Messick's Impermanence

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Kendall Messick, an artist who uses his camera to document the lives of vanishing cultures and isolated people, turned the camera on himself when disaster struck. With just one room left to complete in the restoration of Messick's Victorian house in Jersey City, a fire broke out. When he returned home after the blaze, his first instinct was to grab his camera. The large-scale photographs from that day offered viewers at Rebekah Jacob Gallery images that were both haunting and beautiful. Messick said, "My goal in all my work is to elicit emotion from my viewer. If it makes you feel something, it's successful."

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