Christopher Landis, Las Vegas Pandemic 2020
Presented by Photography At Oregon
November 4th through November 30th
Reception is November 6 from 5pm to 8pm
An Artist Talk will take place on ZOOM at 1:00 pm November 8th
Use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84646523312 to join
NewZone Gallery, Klausmeier Room
22 West 7th Ave Eugene, Oregon
(541) 517-1488 Steve LaRiccia, Gallery Coordinator
Tuesday through Sunday 12 to 6pm
By March 18th 2020, a statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic ordered the closure of all non-essential Nevada businesses. Overnight, Las Vegas casinos, hotels, restaurants, clubs and shops were shuttered. With a workforce dependent on tourism, the city was hit hard by unemployment resulting from the temporary pandemic closures. Host to an annual 42,000,000 visitors, the famed “Strip” was suddenly a western ghost town. The thousands of autos and pedestrians that packed Las Vegas Boulevard, all but disappeared. Skateboards and families on bicycles were seen cruising the abandoned strip. Known as the busiest intersection in the world, the junction of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana was all but vacant.
In early May, after 78 days mandated closure, some Las Vegas attractions gradually reopened with reduced occupancy, social distancing and COVID-19 cleaning protocols. Christopher Landis has captured this surreal Las Vegas landscape at one of it’s most poignant moments in his series of photographs exhibited at the NewZone Gallery in Eugene, Oregon.
Christopher has an MFA in Photography and an MA in History. His fine art landscape portfolios have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States. Landis’ documentary works Pilgrimage: Images from Manzanar, and In Search of Eldorado: The Salton Sea earned international recognition. New projects in process include, Names on the Land, Common Places: American Battlefields, Viewpoints, Return to Eldorado: The Salton Sea and Las Vegas Pandemic 2020. Recently retired from a 45 year career as a business owner/manager, decades of photo works will soon be published in print and on the web.