Burt Allen Solomon, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will exhibit a collection of 42 of his black and white photographs, entitled “6 x 7 x Solomon,” at The Gallery at The Framing Mill in Maplewood, New Jersey. The exhibit, Solomon’s first, will open with a reception on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will run until Thursday, December 3, 2009.
“The summer after I graduated high school, about 48 years ago, my father, a hobbyist photographer who greatly informed my photography, lent me his World War II vintage Kodak Medalist camera. Ever since, I have been taking, developing and printing photographs. The Kodak Medalist was followed by other cameras. Among the cameras I have used, my favorite has been my Pentax 6X7, which I purchased in the 1970s and continue to use today for black and white photography. Most of the photos in this exhibit were taken with the Pentax 6X7 camera,” Solomon said.
The exhibit, “6 x 7 x Solomon,” is an eclectic selection of photos, including more recent photographs alongside photos from the 1970s. The emphasis of the exhibit is everyday subjects, including landscapes and people at work and play, visually striking images full of unexpected and variable mixtures of light and dark, form, color, and emotion. All of the photos in the exhibit were hand-printed by Solomon. For more information on gallery hours, visit www.framingmill.com or call the Framing Mill at (973) 761-4142.
Solomon, a resident of South Orange, New Jersey, has been influenced by many sources. In his youth, with his parents he visited the Museum of Modern Art, the Family of Man, and exhibits at the Kodak Gallery at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. It was his father, whose work he sometimes seeks to emulate today, who introduced him to the absorbing and relaxing process of developing photographs in the family darkroom in a corner of their garage in Brooklyn. Solomon also admires the work of photojournalists, war photographers, “concerned” and “street” photographers.
An attorney by trade, Solomon practices in the areas of New York condominium and co-op law, real estate, trusts and estates, banking and corporate. He has recently been extensively involved in financing transactions for New York City cooperative housing developments, both secured and unsecured, from both the lenders’ and the borrowers’ perspectives, involving both regulated and unregulated housing. In addition, he has extensive experience in dealing with City, State and Federal housing agencies on behalf of housing developments regulated by them. Having returned to private practice in 1990 after nearly 12 years as head of Bank Hapoalim B.M.’s U.S. Legal Department, Solomon has expanded his activities in corporate and commercial matters and returned to the trusts and estates area. He also continues his banking practice. He works out of the firm’s New York City office.
In his estates and trusts work, Solomon is involved in a full range of matters: from preparation of simple wills through complex gift and estate planning and drafting tax-oriented wills and trusts, as well as extensive administration of estates, probating wills, marshalling, valuing and liquidating assets (including valuable personal property, artwork, real property and cooperative apartments), preparing estate tax returns, final accountings and receipts and releases and distributions of estate and trust assets. His work has involved dealing with individual and charitable beneficiaries and the New York Attorney General’s office.
At Bank Hapoalim, Solomon gained expertise in areas as diverse as domestic and international commercial lending, federal and state bank regulatory compliance, interstate and international transactions and bank operations and management. His banking practice has included areas such as secured transactions, mortgage loans, wire transfers, funds transfer systems, commercial and standby letters of credit, federal and state banking and consumer regulations and compliance, credit card operations and bank secrecy, as well as various commercial aspects of bankruptcy matters. While at Bank Hapoalim, Solomon was one of the organizers and long-term chair of a committee of in-house lawyers for international banks under the auspices of the Institute of International Bankers.
Part of Solomon’s practice has been advising on frauds, forgeries, money laundering and other similar crimes affecting banks, including related regulatory compliance issues, financial institution bond claims and confidential internal investigations. He also handles corporate and commercial matters for non-banking clients, including establishment and operations of limited liability companies and real estate transactions.
At the beginning of his career, Solomon spent two years clerking for two federal judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York prior to practicing. He earned his LL.B., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1968 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn College in 1965.