Images by Vincent J. Musi


Vincent J. Musi


Courtesy of the artist

Friday, June 12th at 11:00 am 
Paramount Theater
215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Exhibition: Estuary 
Pop-up gallery
114 3rd Street, NE


Vincent J. Musi likes to talk to an animal right before he shoots it.

A photographer specializing in animal portraiture for National Geographic magazine, Vincent's work takes a quirky look at our relationship to animals through the world of exotic pets, domestication, and cognition. Over the last 30 years he has  also taken the approach of a generalist, with photographic essays covering volcanoes, mummies, landscapes, sports, culture, hurricanes, history, and archaeology.

His path to photographing animals began when he bought a house that was inhabited by many, many creatures. He has since learned to be an animal photographer and likes it, despite the fact that his subjects growl, bark, roar, bite, hiss, claw, poop, and pee on him.

The 2015 Festival is curated by Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine and Scott Thode, independent curator.