Remnants of an Exodus – Photography by Al J Thompson

Remnants of an Exodus

October 22 – November 20, 2021

Free to the Public

Masks Required 

Remnants of an Exodus  is an exhibition of photographic works by Al J Thompson.  The artist documents the ever-changing transitioning landscapes around his hometown.  It’s a very popular saying that, “change is the only constant in life.” Life, relationships, neighborhoods, workplaces, age and almost everything is all about change. The key to growth and success is adapting and embracing the change.  Thompson goes beyond what the eye sees in the environment of landscape, surroundings, and people to capture the essence and feeling in an image.  The exhibits open October 22nd through November 20th, 2021, Monday through Saturday, 11am-4pm.  Free to the public, Masks required.

Remnants of an Exodus is a love letter to Al J Thompson’s second home in Spring Valley, New York, a Caribbean immigrant community, 40 minutes from New York City.  Jamaican-born, Thompson settled in the immigrant community of Spring Valley in 1996.

With a series of black and white photographs made over several years Thompson observes and experiences change firsthand, as the community undergoes a dramatic shift in both demographic and political landscapes. In turn, he finds Spring Valley fraught with insecurity and uncertainty but bound by love.  Thompson’s documentation is the witness in the transition of a community.

As a devotee to the science of Psychology and Visual Arts, Thompson sets out to convey the nuances that he believes are circumstances of societal turmoil. His rhythmic approach to photography, at times envelopes people, places, and things that often generates poetic dialogue with subtlety — one that he perceives is consistent to the impression that all things relate.

His photo book was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Missouri State University, Denver Public Library, and San Francisco Public Library.

Thompson has been involved with a number of photography exhibits and commissioned for companies such as Weill Cornell University, Under Armor, Moët Hennessy, NYC GO, Kaiser Health News, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, and New York Times. His work made several appearances in PDN, BOOOOOOOM, Lenscratch, British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, National Geographic, Italian Vogue, NPR, Buzzfeed, Lensculture, Rocket Science, Float Magazine, GUP, C-41, among others.

We invite you to view Remnants of an Exodus, on view Oct. 22 through Nov. 20.  The exhibit is open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 11am–4pm.  Masks are still required in the exhibit spaces and building for the safety of everyone.

Rockland Center for the Arts is the oldest and largest arts organization in Rockland County, presenting outstanding programming in the arts for over 70 years.  RoCA is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994, Website:  Phone: 845-358-0877, Fax: 845-358-0971.


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