African Wildlife Photographs by Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Through environmental portraits, this exhibition highlights majestic African wildlife that is endangered and disappearing due to overpopulation, poaching, global warming and changing cultural customs. The photographs were taken in the Serengeti ecosystem of eastern and central Africa and include photos of giraffes, wildebeest, baboons, elephants, warthogs, hippopotamus, lions, topi, buffalo, zebra, leopards, cheetahs, vultures, grey crowned cranes and secretary birds. Free with NYSCI admission.
PenRod is a simple combination of the first names of two photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook who maintain PenRod Studios in Bridgeport, Conn. They are both members of the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Conn. When the Kehler Liddell Gallery invited them to show their work together last fall, they readily agreed and decided that they would produce a collaborative body of work under the name of PenRod. The result is Vanishing, environmental portraits of wildlife found in the Serengeti ecosystem of Eastern and Central Africa. The work was first exhibited at the Kehler Liddell Gallery in 2017, along with a limited-edition book.
Rod Cook worked as a commercial photographer in New York for the first 25 years of his career. He began his fine art career in 1996 with Cypress Knees and Tupelos, nudes taken in cypress swamps in and around Savannah, Ga. Since then, he has created his own interpretations of botanicals: FP and Fungi; landscapes: Moving Landscapes; and masks, mannequins and statues: Animate Objects. He has works in platinum/palladium, digital black and white and color, and invented color prints married with encaustic. His most recent personal work is prints of nudes wearing Venetian style masks that he designed and made with paper mache. Rod has had one person shows in Aspen, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Haven, New Orleans, Petaluma and New York, as well as participating in shows in the United States and in Europe.
Penrhyn Cook started making pictures at the suggestion of her photographer husband, Rod Cook, who convinced her to enroll in a photographic workshop rather than spending a vacation sitting on the beach. She has never looked back. Her early work was shot with film and processed as toned, silver gelatin prints. She now works digitally, and in her personal work utilizes little manipulation other than that which could be achieved in the darkroom. Her photography documents things that other people overlook – the serendipitous moments that make life interesting: the presentation of contradictions, innocence and humor.