Photographic Work of Sal Patalano


On Display in May at Palm Harbor Library

The Palm Harbor Library is currently displaying the captivating works of Dunedin photographer Sal Patalano in the John Brock Art Alcove.  Recently featured on PBS, Patalano’s work is a fascinating collection of portraits of people he meets on the street.  The Library display consists of eighteen 16″x20″ memorizing black and white aluminum printed photographic prints and will remain on display until the end of May.

Patalano is recognized for his very unique portraits of a variety of people.  The images are captured with a digital camera without flash, digitally converted to black-and-white, and then printed on aluminum panels in a process known as dye-sublimation. His photographic subjects are chosen when Patalano spots an interesting face and inquires if he can take the indivudual’s picture.  Patalano notes that the stories he hears from his models are just as interesting as the photos that result.

“Sal Patalano’s work is truly outstanding, and we are very proud to have it on display at the Library,” says Gene Coppola, Library Director. “When people enter our lobby they are captivated by the distinctive and highly personal portraits of people from all walks of life.  The stark detail and vivid contrast of the black and white tones pull you deeply in to the photos so you can hardly take your eyes off of them.”

The history of this artist’s work began when he was in the fifth grade. Patalano’s mother bought him his first camera from Grant’s Department Store in Somerville, Massachusetts. It cost 99 cents!  To see more of Sal’s work, visit his Flickr at https://bit.ly/2K3lVH5

The purpose of the John Brock Art Alcove, located in the lobby of the Palm Harbor Library, is to provide an opportunity for local artists to display their works of art.  Original artwork is displayed on a temporary basis throughout the year and rotates approximately every two months.  One of the main goals of the Library is to be a premier cultural destination in Palm Harbor. 

The Palm Harbor Library is located at 2330 Nebraska Ave, in Palm Harbor. The Library serves more than 150,000 visitors each year. Serving the community since 1978, Palm Harbor Library continues to change and grow, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of the community. For more information about Palm Harbor Library and the many services it provides, please call 727.784.3332 or visit palmharborlibrary.org.

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