In 1995, Houston photographer Daniel Kramer (former staff photographer for the Houston Press) set out to retrace Mark Twain’s 1896 epic journey around the world. When Twain was finished, he wrote Following the Equator. When Kramer was finished, he compiled Re-Marking Twain’s Equator, a book of photographs. The book is the basis for Kramer’s new exhibition, Re-Marking Twain’s Equator, now at The Krishna Cafe Gallery.
Kramer used Twain’s book as his guide. It took him ten months to travel through 11 countries photographing some of the same locales Twain saw 100 years ago. (The trip was financed by nine credit cards and a film grant from Kodak.) Via press materials, Kramer says, “I have pulled passages from the book…and paired them with my photographs in an effort to show how the world has changed and, in some cases, how it has not changed.” Kramer had some unusual adventures along the way. “Some highlights were photographing and being blessed by Mother Teresa, photographing Nelson Mandela in New Zealand, South Africa and England (with the Queen). I photographed an elephant-relocation project in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and a Tamil Tiger terrorist bombing in Colombo, Sri Lanka.” But it was the ordinary that most captured his attention.
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There’s an opening reception at 7 p.m. on March 17. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment. 1701 Commerce Street. For information, visit www.krishnacafegallery.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 17. Continues through May 5, 2012