Joe Vitone

September 3, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Marjorie Angel in her back yard with hollyhocks, Akron, OH, 1998
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(l. to r.) Tina, Ashley, Lerrynn, and Steve Hummel, mother + children, Norton, OH, 1998
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Karmal Dye with Tigger, dog of recently deceased son, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 1998
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(l. to r.) Marc and Salvatore Vitone, father and son at Howard Street, Akron, OH, 1999
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Arathea and Gabriel Booth, mother and son in sunlight beneath a tree, Norton, OH, 1999
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Keith and Coleen Morlan with their children, Charlie and Jessica, Norton, OH, 1999
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Lerrynn and Steve Hummel, mother and son at pool, Norton, OH, 2000
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Beverly Lemmon holding great granddaughter, Elizabeth Dunn, Houston Rd., Norton, OH, 2001
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Jimmy Dunn holding daughter, Elizabeth, in front of East of Chicago Pizza, Barberton, OH, 2003
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(l. to r.) Marjorie Angel and Rebecca Barile, mother and daughter with flag at Rebecca's front door, Akron, OH, 2003
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Marc Vitone in his backyard with woodpile, Uhler Street, Akron, OH, 2003
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(l. to r.) Charles, Keith, and Jessica Morlan, father with children at Keith's place, Akron, OH, 2003
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Salvatore Vitone seated in walker outdoors at Country Place extended care facility, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 2003
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Mike Musgrave holding butchered turtle's shell with neighbor boy, Lucas Beres, Easton, OH, 2003
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(l. to r.) Friends Ashley Hummel and Laura Paradis at apartment pool, Barberton, OH, 2003
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Lerrynn Hummel and son, Paul Massey, on patio of her grandmother's apartment, where temporarily staying, Valleyview Apartments, 31st Street, Barberton, OH, 2004
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(l. to r.) Charlie Morlan and Gabe Booth in combat fatigues with toy guns, Orrville, OH, 2006
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Dorothy Morrison and Bailey Hutchinson, grandmother and granddaughter playing in the Cuyahoga River, Akron, OH, 2006
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Domestic partners Virgil Bowman and Amber Sweazy with sunflowers, Doylestown, OH, 2006
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Lower family: Scott, holding younger daughter Samantha, and Heather holding elder, Brooke, in their side yard with deer decoy and dune buggy, Doylestown, OH, 2006
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Beneath base of a beech tree, Karla Hummel (standing) with sister Sandra (nee Hummel) Vitone, and mother, Beverly Lemmon and half-sister, Tony Wright (seated, far left), Westview Mobile Home Park, Doylestown, OH, 2007
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Jessica Morlan and Tommy Fischer, girl and boyfriend, Doylestown, OH, 2007
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(l. to r.) Half-brothers Paul Massey and Stevie Hummel in parking lot behind aunt's apartment, Doylestown, OH, 2007
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Dave Vitone sitting on mowers he has repaired for sale, corner of 3rd and Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 2007
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Grace Falitico in her backyard with wheelbarrow and Rose o'Sharon, Englewood Drive, Stow, OH, 2007
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Jessica Morlan and Tommy Fischer with their infant, Jordynn Fischer, Marshaville, OH, 2008
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Brooke Lower standing at edge of soybean field after bobbing for apples, Fulton Road, Marshaville, OH, 2008
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Arathea Booth seated on a cooler in yard smoking a cigarette, Marshaville, OH, 2008
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Grace Falitico seated and napping beneath tree among hostas in her back yard, Stow, OH, 2009
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Grandmother, Sandra Vitone; mother, Arathea Booth; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Dunn, with pool and palm tree backdrop, Marshaville, OH, 2009
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Jessica Morlan and daughter, Jordynn Fischer, with sunflowers, Doylestown, OH, 2009
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Dave Vitone with tractor on land owned by parents of his wife, Lisa Bishop, Laubert Road, Atwater, OH, 2009
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Marjorie Angel in pink sweater with pink rose bush, Akron, OH, 2009
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Michelle Winterbotham with father, Duke Dye, in driveway, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 2010
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Marc Vitone and Dorothy Morrison on road leading to their log cabin, Buckhannon, WV, 2010
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Keith and Chuck Morlan, father and son, Akron, OH, 2011
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Lerrynn Hummel in purple top at side of Beverly and Jack Lemmon's mobile home, Westview Trailer Park, Doylestown, OH, 2011
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Beverly and Jack Lemmon at their mobile home, Westview Trailer Park, Doylestown, OH, 2013
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Steven Hummel with his children Noah and Maci, Mansfield, OH, 2013
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Gabe Booth with dogs Big Foot (left) and Dink at base of spiral stair, Marshaville, OH, 2013
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Joe Vitone

Family Records

In 1998 artist Joe Vitone began photographing his immediate and extended family, lovingly documenting multiple generations living in or near Akron, Ohio. Culled from more than 1,000 of the artist’s large-format negatives, these black-and-white and color portraits, along with their corresponding anecdotal texts and detailed family trees, tell personal yet universal stories of hope and loyalty in the face of hardship. Not only does Family Records serve as a stunning record of Vitone’s family history, but his engaging images easily draw viewers into this clan’s fold.

“The photographs generate dialogues between one another at a number of levels, some directly, as in lineage and interpersonal relation of mother to daughter, father to son, or brother to sister, and some at less specific and more universal places as well. Comment is made on time and aging, on moving from childhood to adulthood, on relations sustained or lost through the years, on masculinity and femininity, on sensuality and beauty seen not only in youth but in age, and on our valuing of ourselves and others not only because of our strengths but, perhaps even more so, by reason of our vulnerabilities.”

Joe Vitone is a documentary fine art photographer and Professor of Photocommunications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he has lived with his family since 1991. His work has been exhibited at many venues, including the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Instituto Cultural Peruano-Norteamericano in Lima, Peru, and the Houston Center for Photography. His work is held in a number of collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. In 2001 he was a senior Fulbright scholar in fine art, teaching and working on a photography project centered around small scale family based agriculture in Costa Rica. This is Vitone’s second solo exhibition at Blue Sky.