“Offscreen” at Art7 Gallery by Phillip Thomas and Philip Pfeiffer
November 11- December 30, 2017
Reception: November 11, 2017; 7 - 9pm
“Offscreen” at Art 7 Gallery
Phillip Thomas entered the Dallas film industry in 1970 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He started work at a Dallas PBS station as a documentary filmmaker for Jim Lehrer’s “Newsroom”. That experience led him to freelance as a director/cameraman/editor, and by the late 70’s was directing national commercials and filming the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls Live” concert.
His areas of renown include time-lapse and aerial cinematography, and have been utilized in productions which include an IMAX film for The Science Place, Oliver Stone’s “The Doors”, films for the Canadian Park System, and Garden of the Gods. He has filmed TV commercials for Oklahoma Tourism, Prudential insurance, Sprint, Mitsubishi, and all University of Texas ads narrated by Walter Cronkite.
Photography has been Phillip’s career, and an intricate part of his everyday life. For Art 7 Gallery’s show, “Offscreen”, he displays still photography that affirms his affinity for the outdoors. His manipulated images of nature are representational at first glance, then shift into a phantasmal domain as the viewer approaches.
Philip Pfeiffer’s love of photography started when he got his first camera, a Brownie Hawk-Eye, when he was 6 years old. His gift for interesting and compelling composition behind the camera - both still and moving, came naturally. He credits his father (also a photographer) for this ability to see things slightly differently.
Although he made his career in motion pictures, where he honed and polished his skills, Phil never lost his love of still photography. He has worked, and continues to work, with award winning directors and cinematographers as their 2nd Unit director and/or DP. Some of the directors are: Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan, David O’Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, Bruce Beresford, Mike Newell and Norman Jewish. Some of the cinematographers are: Robert Richardson, Dean Semler, Russell Boyd, Roger Deacons, Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler. (For a more complete list of credits look up Phil on the imdb.com)
Phil is currently focusing on his domestic skills in his off grid home outside of Santa Fe, NM. He lives with his wife (Cee) and two big dogs (Zane & Chilly).