Singer’s Gym—Sam Gibson with Young Boxer (Main Street)
Silver Gelatin Print
8 ½ x 12 ¾ inches
Main Street Series
BIO: Born in Buffalo, NY, Bush emigrated to England, at age 18, in response to the Vietnam War. Returning ten years later, she earned her M.F.A. from the University at Buffalo, and worked at local TV affiliates. Bush was the Photography Department Coordinator at Villa Maria College, while earning recognition through entities such as CEPA, Hallwalls, Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon, Ilford, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Bush’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, including London’s Photographers Gallery, and The Houston Center of Photography. Collections include Polaroid, the George Eastman House, and the Helmut Gernsheim Collection. Her latest work, a spin off called “ImBLEACHments” has morphed into performance work, using video, fiber art and photography. www.dianebush.net
STATEMENT: In graduate school, a friend suggested I photograph Singer’s Gym, a boxing establishment above some dying storefronts downtown. It blossomed into a show encompassing the Main Street Theatre District. Much of the area was urban blight. The Art Deco Greyhound bus terminal was a police station, with its deco hall chopped up. Shea’s was run down; wig stores proliferated. I spent the most time at the Hippodrome Billiard hall and Singer’s Gym. I relished behind-the-scene encounters, like smoky amateur fights and conversations with shopkeepers. I’m happy I experienced this slice of time, and captured what no one else was interested in acknowledging, at that time.