CLOSING RECEPTION “Bob Gomel: Eyewitness” at Alta Arts

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CLOSING RECEPTION “Bob Gomel: Eyewitness” at Alta Arts

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


CLOSING RECEPTION: See the iconic images from the 1960s before this exhibition closes on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

ARTIST TALK + FILM SCREENING: On April 3, 2024, listen to an artist talk moderated by Moderated by Don Carleton of the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas in Austin and watch a screening of “Bob Gomel: Eyewitness,” a documentary film that examines the stories behind some of the most significant events in the 20th century, especially the turbulent 1960s.

MARCH 8 – MAY 3, 2024: Hear and see history unfold from the perspective of a legendary LIFE Magazine photographer through his iconic images from the 1960s in this exhibition at The Alta Arts. The triumphs and tragedies of the 1960s provided photographer Bob Gomel extraordinary opportunities to help advance American photojournalism. As the images in the exhibition demonstrate, when history was made, Gomel often was there, making iconic images of world leaders and events, athletes and entertainers, and great moments in contemporary history — including President John F. Kennedy, the Beatles, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, and Marilyn Monroe.

This exhibition, presented by Alta Arts and sponsored by the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin (, and in conjunction with the 2024 Fotofest Biennial, serves as a retrospective of Gomel’s work and includes photographs from his personal collection that are featured for the first time in a public showing.

Born in New York in 1933, Gomel earned a journalism degree from New York University in 1955 and then served as a U.S. Navy aviator. Gomel joined LIFE in 1959 and shot for the immensely popular magazine for a decade. He later freelanced for Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Fortune and Forbes magazines, and shot national advertising campaigns for Audi, Bulova, GTE, Merrill Lynch, and Shell Oil, among others.

The exhibition also features selections from the Bob Gomel Photographic Archive, part of the extensive photographic holdings of the Briscoe Center. The center’s photojournalism archives have flourished over the past two decades into a renowned collection of national-level importance. Gomel’s archive at the Briscoe Center ranges from 1959 to 2014 and includes film negatives, contact sheets, and exhibit prints.


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