Twelve prints from my series The New Promised Land will be on display at the Davis Orton Gallery from August 1 to August 30, 2014. This series documents Los Israelitas, an evangelical Christian sect living deep in the Amazon rain forest, whose beliefs and practices harken back to biblical times. The group was founded in 1958 by Ezequiel Gamonal in Peru. Gamonal proclaimed that he had been chosen by God to inaugurate the new Israel, and he declared the Amazon rain forest to be the New Promised Land. I took these photographs during multiple visits to their remote community on the banks of the Amazon River in May 2013 and June 2014.
The Davis Orton Gallery is located at 114 Warren Street in Hudson, NY, and is open Friday-Sunday from Noon to 6pm and by appointment. Phone 518 697 0266.