When: Through Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
"You were just a face in the crowd," Tom Petty once sang. "Out in the street, walking around." If Petty captured the alchemy of a face among many turning specific and significant, professional photographer Christer Berg, who moved to Raleigh from Sweden in 1995, does it dozens of times in his new photo book, The Fabric of Raleigh/The Fabric of Durham. Firefighters and preachers, cobblers and baristas, dancers and construction workers—all leap out of the daily pedestrian flow before Berg's energetic lens. "I wanted to skip the planning, styling, and scheduling that's common with portrait projects, instead capturing people in the moment, going about what they do in an unscripted and authentic way," Berg says. "So I loaded my car with a camera, a lens, a flash, and a backdrop and set out to explore." His exhibit of the portraits at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery, which runs through October 1 after this opening reception, doubles as a release party for the book, a 120-page hardcover designed by Dave Wofford at Horse & Buggy Press—so you know it's looking good. —Brian Howe