“No one seems to be in a hurry in Tony Gleaton’s photographs. There are no frenetic gestures or moments of uncomfortable tension. His photographs look like he has made the air stand still under a quiet blanket of brilliant moisture, and that his subjects have paused in the refreshment. This atmosphere of connection is a deliberate and passionate gaze that travels in a circle from the subject to photographer.
Over the past several years Gleaton has been committed to exploring ‘every nuance of African influence in the Americas.’ […] In pursuit of this goal, Gleaton has documented black cowboys in the American West, fisherman in Guatemala and the daily life of residents in remote villages in Mexico. To find graceful and spirited connections in such uncommon places confirmed the importance of his efforts and renewed his urgency to bring the work to a wider audience.”
– Jeffrey Hoone
Tony Gleaton lives in Los Angeles, CA. His work on the series Africa’s Legacy has taken him to over sixteen countries Central and South America. He has traveled over 50,000 miles as part of the project. Africa’s Legacy was eventually exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service in multiple venues in the United States, and was toured in Mexico and Cuba through the Mexican National Council of Art. Gleaton participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 1991 and 1999.