Oliver Yu Fotographie Studio and Gallery
48 Liberty Lane, Greenville, S.C. 29607
  • He serves wine and food from Chin Chin Chinese restaurant, which Oliver says is the best in the area, not a hard claim to believe

    • by Amy Shannon
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      At first glance into the window of Oliver Yu’s small studio, you may think you’re passing just another portrait studio, the upscale sort that’s particularly desirable for brides and high school seniors. And some of Mr. Yu’s work is the usual fare you’d expect, though of excellent quality. But if you walk inside and take a closer look, you’ll see there’s more than meets the eye. Mr. Yu’s work is exquisite. He displays art photography and candid portraits alongside his more traditional portraits, and his digital portfolio features commercial photos of food and architecture. My favorite piece is a black-and-white semi-nude

      of a mother and daughter, with a soft focus and low contrast that exude warmth.

      But Oliver Yu’s Studio is more than one of the finer portrait studios in town. He uses his space and connections in the community to make his gallery a showplace for local artists, hosting two or three different photographers, painters, or multimedia artists nearly every month. He kicks off his shows with a Friday evening reception, and the e-mail alerts are always a welcome addition to my inbox. He serves wine and food from Chin Chin Chinese restaurant, which Oliver says is the best in the area,


      • not a hard claim to believe. The artists are on hand to answer questions, and they openly converse with any who show interest. Alongside paintings and photographs, you’re likely to see work in textiles, paper, glass, and metal.

        The environment is relaxed, not necessarily what you’d expect of a gallery opening. A couch and oversized ottoman provide a comfy conversation space in the gallery. On occasion there’s live music, and near the end of the first of the receptions I attended, many of the guests had kicked off their shoes to dance in the studio.

        Oliver Yu himself cuts quite the figure. He

        navigates his studio in a wheelchair, which clearly doesn’t slow him down, greeting his visitors warmly. He has always patiently indulged my questions about his work and the local photography scene he is working so hard to nourish. The greatest pleasure of attending an opening there is the hospitality of such an inviting host. You can sense the generosity that he must extend to the photography students he teaches there. At the last opening, his nephew from the Phillipines was visiting, serving an apprenticeship that would allow him to return home and open his own studio. With such a teacher, he will certainly flourish.

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