San Miguel Photo Chosen for Respected Photography Show
By Edward Allan
The judges of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain have selected “The TV Room,” taken by photographer Ted Davis, for their 158th Annual International Print Exhibition. Out of 5,000 images submitted, 100 prints have been chosen to go on show in London October 8-16 before touring the UK and other countries until August 2016.
The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world. During its long history of over 150 years, it has a reputation for showcasing a wide range of genres and styles of photography, with cutting edge prints being shown alongside traditional work. This has ensured its uniqueness within the photographic world.
“The TV Room” is an enigmatic photograph of an antique television set sitting in the center of a mysterious room. Ted Davis says, “While dodging a heavy San Miguel rainstorm, I passed an empty hacienda and came upon this scene. I’m so glad I had my camera, it’s all about timing!”
Born in Trinidad and Tobago and schooled in Texas, Davis spent 20 years in Hollywood, California, both in front of (Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me, The West Wing) and behind the cameras. Davis says, “Creating a compelling picture is similar to directing films or plays, which are such a part of my past. I present light, color, and texture as key cast members in the show.”
Davis credits master painters like Velázquez, Sargent, and Ed Rusha, as well as Golden Age cinematographers Jack Cardiff and Gabriel Figueroa, for the look and feel of his pictures. “I was a filmmaker before I was a still photographer,” he says, alluding to the first place he won at the Texas State Film Festival as a teen with the film Bug Family Robinson, a story of a human family who transform into super-hero insects and save the world. Davis’ talent for story telling is evident in his exacting photography, and his pieces spotlight a world of theatrical beauty with an elegant and sophisticated wit—a mile at the edge that adds universal charm.
Davis and his partner, Sam Dike, own and operate Ted Davis Galería on Zacateros 81B in San Miguel de Allende, where many of his award-winning photographs (including a copy of “The TV Room”) can be seen. They are collected by a wide group of international collectors and have been featured in exhibitions around the world including in Mexico City, London, New York City, Los Angeles, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and the Dominican Republic.
Davis commented, “Irving Penn, a photographic icon, said that a good photograph should startle the eye of the beholder, and I always try to maintain that principle. This is the third time that one of my images has been in a Royal Photographic Society exhibition, and I’m thrilled that this time it is a photo I took in San Miguel!”