The Waters That Sustain Us
Oxum Deity of Fresh Water
Casa de Yemanja
Waiting for a Blessing
Iansã, Orixá Festival of Senhor Bonfim
Mãe (Mother) Filhinha of Yemanjá-Ogunté
|Experienced With||Teaching engagements, Speaking engagements, Lectures, Leading workshops, For-hire services, Commissions, Collaboration|
My photography is about a romance with light and the human race. Social documentary combined with light transform into images that cause the viewer to at once be engaged and reflect on their own condition.
Gerald Hoffman holds an M.F.A. in Photography from University of Illinois at Chicago, and B.F.A. in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. He was also selected to participate in a paper making / performance artist residency at Banff Centre, Canada.
Gerald’s photography and paper works are held in public and private collections throughout the Americas, including the headquarters of the Boston Red Sox and Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
Gerald was principal photographer for the award-winning documentary film, Yemanja: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil, narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. He co-curated and is the primary featured artist of the film ’s companion photography exhibition, Goddesses of Nature, which will be featured in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil’s Carnaval program on January 31, 2018. Working as videographer and still photographer of Yemanjá, Gerald struggled to know which camera to have in hand; every scene was worthy of a photograph. Bahia is a riot of color!
In addition, he has taught photography to middle school students and facilitated creative workshops with at-risk youth in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and Bahia, Brazil. Closer to home, Gerald co-facilitated a 2016 summer paper-making workshop We Are Nature with youth in McKeesport, PA. The finished pieces were exhibited at Chatham University Art Gallery, along with Goddesses of Nature. The exhibit was part of special events during Alice Walker’s visit to Pittsburgh for the local premiere of the film, Yemanjá. Gerald is also proud that his works are held in Ms. Walker’s collection.
Gerald has also done photography and videography for arts organizations such as Florida Repertory Theater and Sembene: The Film and Arts Festival. He is also privately commissioned to create family/memory photo-composites and videos as well as portraits.