6th Annual Exhibition
August 29 - September 30, 2007
The Bolivar Arellano Gallery (BAG) in the East Village of New
York City showcases work by photographers and by the renowned photographer Bolivar Arellano himself. BAG officially
opened it's doors in 1997 to an exhibition on Jackie & the Kennedys.
Arellano has curated various exhibitions from his extensive collection of over 40
years of photography. He created this space to showcase not only his work, but that
of other artists who capture and speak to the human spirit through their art.
After 10 years of unique exhibitions that explore the human
spirit and present a unique perspective on local and international events the BAG
Gallery will officially close after September 30th, 2007. This 6th Annual Exhbition
of WTC Ground Zero Photos will be the final exhibition on public display.
From here on in only this website will serve as a forum to showcase the amazing
photography of Bolivar Arellano.
Bolivar Arellano was born in Alausi Ecuador and has been a
professional photographer for over 40 years. Arellano began his career on February
1963 in Colombia. There his first photographs were published in the Newspapers
Vanguardia Liberal in Bucaramanga, and El Espectador in Bogota. In 1965 Arellano
then returned home to Ecuador and worked for such periodicals as El Telegrafo and
Vistazo Magazine both in Guayaguil. In 1969 he would come to earn the distinguished
award, Best National Photo for two consecutive years.
Arriving in New York City on May 14, 1971, Arellano would continue his work as a
photojournalist even though he didn't speak English. His photos reached the two top
Hispanic Newspapers - El Diario La Prensa, Noticias Del Mundo as well as
Temas Magazine. Shortly after, he collaborated with a the Puerto Rican
newspaper, El Mundo, and TeVe Guia Magazine. His pictures for the Associated
Press have been published in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles
Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. Since 1993, he has been a staff
photographer at The New York Post.
Since opening his gallery in 1997, he has had various exhibitions on
Political Prisoners of Puerto Rico, Elian Gonzalez & Cuba, Vieques, Jackie and
the Kennedy's and most recently 40 Years in Photography, which featured images
spanning his entire career.
Much of his works are laced with adventurous stories and events. He covered the
Civil War in El Salvador in 1982 for the Associated Press. In 1985 while covering
the civil war in Nicaragua for AP, he was kidnapped by the Contras and held for
11, 2001, Arellano was at the World Trade Center and had survived the fall of
the first Tower but was injured when the second tower came down. The memories of
that infamous day made it difficult for him to deal with the loss of life.
Arellano took it upon himself to dedicate his gallery for over a year
to an exhibition that would define his career. He gathered 23 press
photographers who covered the events on that day to donate their work
The US Library of Congress purchased over 100 pictures from the September 11
collection to be exhibited and used for educational purposes. According to Ms.
Carol Johnson curator of the Library of Congress this exhibit "is one if not
the best exhibit on September 11 in New York." The exhibition ran for an
entire year and was able to raise $50,000 for the NYPF Widows, Children's Fund, EMS
and the Father Mychal Judge Fund.
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