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Q&A with Eduardo Calderón | 1989 GAP, Photography

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photo: Eduardo Calderón

Q: What kind of art do you make?
A: I’m a photographer. I work with black and white film which I process and print in a darkroom using conventional photographic chemistry and procedures to create archival black and white prints.

Q: What did you use your award for?
A: The 1989 GAP was used to help fund the photography of 26 portraits of jazz musicians. The portraits were exhibited at the SeaFirst Gallery in Seattle and published in a book titled ‘Jackson Street After Hours’.

Q: What was the impact of this award/Artist Trust on your art career/life?
A: The Artist Trust GAP was essential for a project that received several awards, including the Governor’s Award for the book Jackson Street After Hours, and brought public attention to my art in general.

Eduardo Calderón (Kirkland) was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1949. He went to primary and secondary schools in Peru and later attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he studied anthropology and museology. He has been a photographer and an artist since the 1970/s and has exhibited his work frequently in the US and abroad. He is represented by Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle.
Eduardo has also received a 2013 GAP to help with the costs of preparing photographs for exhibition at the Francine Seders Gallery and the Seattle Art Museum. The preparation will involve editing, printing, matting, and framing of photographs from the artist’s trip to Lima and Arequipa, Peru during Holy Week.
Additionally, Eduardo received a 2006 GAP for a two-week residency in Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia. “It is a great opportunity to photograph in this port town that dates to 1533 and was the most important port in the Americas during the early years of the Spanish occupation,” says the artist. He adds, “It was built as a fortified port to protect the treasures being sent to Spain from South America and to receive everything coming to the Americas including the beginnings of the slave trade in the continent. Cartagena has, in addition to its well preserved historical architecture, a very unique and diverse population that combines the Native American culture with those of the descendants of the African slaves and the Spanish Colonials.” The photos from Calderón’s residency were part an exhibit at Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle.