Exhibit Reviews (1969 - Present)

de YOUNG MUSEUM

Wilson reveals a deeply personal vision... Wilson's technique is disarmingly candid in appearance, but it includes a sense of subtle composition, contrast and other high artistic values, which inconspicuously underline his purpose.

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Thomas Albright

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San Francisco Chronicle 3/28/1969

de YOUNG MUSEUM

…Wilson's work is highly personal, his own.

Margery Mann

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Popular Photography 8/1969

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE

There were some excellent prints that were both personal enough to show that the photographer had had his own emotional response and universal enough to command the understanding of the viewer.

Margery Mann

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Popular Photography 7/1971

FOCUS GALLERY

The current show at the Focus Gallery raises some fascinating questions about when a snapshot becomes a Photograph with a capital P...The display is so visually and emotionally rich that it is rewarding purely at face value.

Thomas Albright

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San Francisco Chronicle 2/14/1976

FOCUS GALLERY

Wilson's images are amusing, and he has worked at putting humor in them. I enjoyed them!

Joan Murray

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Artweek 2/21/1976

SAN FRANCISCO CAMERAWORK

It probably violates the basic principle upon which the show was organized to single out individual names for special mention - but I cannot refrain from calling attention to the incisive bite of Harry Wilson's images.

Thomas Albright

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San Francisco Chronicle 11/2/1976

CREATIVE ART CENTER'S ORBERG GALLERY

Wilsons photos allude to influences by Cubist and abstract painters in his strong use of geometric shapes and pattern.... "Clothesline" focuses on a deserted courtyard in Yugoslavia and invites us to explore the patterns and textures in this very European scene. The photograph is rich in contrast: the old grace and beauty of the crumbling stone arches wedged against the stark economy of the new building; the hard unmoving stone wall as opposed to a line of billowing laundry.... The photos in this show invite the viewer to take a second look. The obvious gives way to the unexpected, and careful examination reveals subtle insights.

Carol Aust

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Chico Enterprise-Record 12/1/1985

CREATIVE ART CENTER'S ORBERG GALLERY

Harry Wilson's black-and-white photographs whose surface simplicity masks considerable subtlety... Wilson has a fine eye, but he doesn't like to show off. There is nothing earth shaking here, but these prints do grow on one.... A view of the Eiffel Tower concentrates on the bushes at its base, a street corner in Salzburg makes you think of Mozart and imagine him walking by. They are, as he notes, "personal postcards" but they are quiet nice.

Robert Speer

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Chico News And Review 11/26/1985

SPECTRUM GALLERY, FRESNO

There is a certain kind of light that seems to exist only inside European trains. Harry Wilson has captured it precisely in his photograph Train Interior, Austria. Midmorning sun illuminates brilliant white headrest covers, the precise band of a curtian and immaculate compartment walls--all the details that evoke the idea of travel. Even the banal travel poster, featuring obligatory castle and horse, ceases to be banal or even ironic and becomes poetic when pictured in the hazy, transitory light of a train compartment.

Joan Murray

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Artweek 4/05/1986

JILL THAYER GALLERIES

The most fascinating body of Wilson's photographs are the large double-exposures which present unique and spontaneous records of conditions in the countries he has visited, often creating fascinating juxtapositions illustrating the local historical and cultural continuum. The result is a new and poetic kind of documentary, the more compelling because its creation is partially conditioned by chance. Many have a powerful socio-critical message…

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Shelley Stone

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Professor of Art, California State University Bakersfield 5/1996

SAN LUIS OBISPO ART CENTER

...I am full of admiration at the choices made by this gifted photographer...Wilson must love the interplay of light and shadow, too - it permeates his work….It's like seeing El Greco's "Night View of Toledo" for the first time: almost that good.

Bill Beeson

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San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune 6/20/1997

BAKERSFIELD MUSEUM OF ART

...photo exhibit's haunting images evoke emotional response to history... images that offer social commentary above and beyond the art form itself.

Chris Page

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The Bakersfield Californian 3/15/2002

WYLIE JONES GALLERY, BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE

Although his images often convey a strong political statement, Wilson says he doesn't intend them to be documentaries. "I am trying to express my feelings," he said. "At the same time I'm also trying to make them aesthetically pleasing.

Camille Gavin

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The Bakersfield Californian 1/27/2005

WISEMAN GALLERY, ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Wilson's photographs describe the charm and beauty of Europe, documenting his personal experience of travel between 1978 and 2006 and reflecting his interest in the culture and history of other people.

Edith Decker

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Grants Pass Daily Courier 2/9/2008