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Exhibit features work of photographer Hank Gans, with reception on November 12

Hank Gans flyerBERGEN COUNTY, N.J. - Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invite the public to attend an art opening reception with music and light refreshments on Thursday, November 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the County Administration building at One Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack.


On display will be will be the photographic work of Hank Gans, who won first place in the Bergen County 2009 Henry Hudson 400 Photography Exhibit held in September.

Hank Gans is a Bergen County-based commercial and fine art photographer who has won many New York, New Jersey and Chicago Art Director's Club Awards. His work has appeared several times in Photographis, the Swiss annual publication of "the world's best advertising and editorial photography."

His planned one-year sabbatical from commercial photography in 1985 became 34 months of self-exploration in the American Southwest. Gans had the honor of being the first "Anglo" photographer permitted to live with the Hopi tribe since photography was banned from their Arizona reservation in 1911. There, he photographed the "mile high desert," taught photography at the reservation college and was commissioned by the Hopi tribal members to do their portraits.

Gans left the Hopi Mesas to settle in Coastal Maine where he published the first of his Maine Coastline Portfolio of lithographs and had a one-man show at the Maine Photographic Workshops. He continues to travel with his camera and resides with his wife Nicole on the banks of the Hudson River in Edgewater. Gans takes many photographs of Manhattan, some of which are now extremely popular posters, worldwide.

Two of his Manhattan photos, "Manhattan Sunrise After A Morning Storm" and "Upper West Side Foggy Morning" (both included in this exhibit) were acquired by the Musée de l'Elysée, the international museum of photography in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007 for their permanent collection.

The color prints of his landscapes frequently appear in gallery exhibitions and are in many private and corporate collections throughout the world. His images are also published as fine art lithographs and distributed internationally by Wizard and Genius of Zurich, Switzerland.

During the Hank Gans exhibit, music will be provided by Fair Lawn's own classical guitarist, Keith Fanella. Keith is a graduate from Manhattan School of Music and studied under noted guitarists, Nicholas Goluses, Kaare Norge, Mark Delprioria and Ben Verdery. Mr. Fanella is an active composer and arranger. He has recorded and premiered solo works for guitar by composer Matthew Halper. Current projects include a CD recoding of his arrangements of international carols and a compilation of transcriptions for two guitars by composers Schumann and Mendelssohn. Keith has taught at various regional music schools and maintains an active private studio.

The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the County Administration Building from November 5 - 30 and may be viewed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To attend the opening reception, please contact the Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs at 201-336-7292 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .