Downtown Canton’s museumlike Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography is a mecca for lovers of fine-art photography. The walls of this spacious one-time Cadillac dealership at 520 Cleveland Ave. NW are lined with more than 225 original prints from many of the most celebrated photographers in history.
We’re talking Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Weston, Alfred Steiglitz, Weegee, Brassai, Sebastiao Salgado, Edward Steichen, Andre Kerstetz. Edward Curtis, Paul Strand, Annie Leibowitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary Ellen Mark, Philippe Halsman. The list goes on.
There are iconic images here, ones you’ve seen in books and magazines. There are portraits of Gandhi, Albert Einstein, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles.
Each of the handsomely framed prints is available for sale, with prices ranging from $500 to $3,000. About 200 more photographs from gallery owner Tim Belden’s holdings still are awaiting display.
A talented photographer himself, Belden began avidly collecting photography in 2002.
“I got a little carried away,” he confesses.
Now he is sharing his obsession with the community. Visitors are welcome to stop by and take their time studying the visual riches.
“The neat thing is to watch people pause and reflect,” he says.
Plan on spending some time at the gallery. It’s a fine place to take out-of-town visitors. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Admission is free.