Paul Sokal: Before iPhone

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The aroma of cookies baking in the oven is that familiar scent that conjures memories of your childhood, waiting for that first cookie from the batch your mom was baking.

Paul Sokal has been collecting old relics from his childhood, and not too recent past. These objects are his subject matter for this series, Before iPhone. Like a scent or sound, these objects from a time machine trigger (pre-Millenial generations) memories of the analog culture many of us grew up with. Sokal states, “The pace of life was more patient and communication was spoken face to face, rather than texted across a room, when it was easier to connect across the dining table than across the world.

Photographing in a studio, Sokal places these archetypal relics against a stark white background. The resulting image is presented in a large color print. The 1960’s “Princess” model telephone has a vibrant yellow color that was much a part of Pop culture. Seen in a large print, it is even more vivid and eye-catching.

Recently this series was exhibited at the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas. This is the first time Paul Sokal’s photographs have been exhibited at PDNB Gallery.

Sokal was born in 1953 and grew up in Williamsville, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. Since a 25-year hiatus pursuing his medical career, he has been actively working in photography, receiving recognition through various local and national juried shows.

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 17, 2018

From 5 – 8 PM


Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery is a fine art gallery dedicated to photo-based art. We are now located at 154 Glass Street, Ste. 104, across the Dallas Contemporary. The gallery opened its original Uptown location in 1995. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM

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