The child of a US Army officer, London-based Harvey has always found solace and order in numbers, maps and map reading. In Fifty Two Harvey returns to every single location she has lived over the last 52 years in 52 weeks, producing 52 images.
Harvey’s emphatic images are full of wonder. How could she not have seen the pride built into the monolithic industrial structures of the once vibrant First Ward in her ancestral hometown of Buffalo, New York? Why is there a 200ft white cross rising from nowhere on a crossroads in Illinois? Will the new school building with a roof curved like a peach really survive the next tornado? Returning to Japan, Harvey captures the otherness she felt in a culture for which she had no map. For the London leg of Fifty Two, Harvey turns to black and white portraiture to mark the human landmarks of her journey.
Fifty Two is Colleen Rowe Harvey’s first solo show. Her work has been previously exhibited at the National Open Art Exhibition and the London Independent Photography Annual Exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by the release of the book Fifty Two, a photographic essay across the US, Japan and the UK. It is published by Buffalo Books, price £15.