The Houston Center for Photography provides a concise description of the exhibit "Made by Will: Selections from Four Portfolios": "This show is about how photographs are a reflection of their maker." But the exhibition packs far more emotional clout than these few words imply. The self-portraits, studies and busts shot by Houston photographer Will Michels in the last 15 years are intimate to the utmost - visceral and raw. They show the faces and bodies of disparate subjects, including the artist himself, at deeply private moments; here someone is naked in his room; there the artist is reacting to the death of a friend. Michels has long explored the concept and limits of privacy; this exhibit includes photos of WWII veterans of the U.S.S. Texas and the self-portraits Michels took to prepare himself to invade someone else's space. Vulnerable yet stern, intimate yet impassive, the subjects indeed offer a reflection of their maker. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. May 7. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through June 27. 1441 West Alabama. For information, call 713-529-4755 or visit www.hcponline.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 7. Continues through June 27, 2010