"Self-portrait Smoking" @ Interpretive Portraiture Photography Exhibition, New York Film Academy
to Mar 31

"Self-portrait Smoking" @ Interpretive Portraiture Photography Exhibition, New York Film Academy

From the curator Sara Barber:

What does portraiture mean to our society?

Is portraiture limited to a face?

In Angela Kelly’s Self Image: Personal is Political, she states "The challenge I have presented to myself is to examine the use and misuse of self-portraiture, and to determine what relevance a seemingly private practice has to a public audience," (Kelly p.410). In today's world, a portrait is a "selfie" and the "public audience" are people on social media; but can we go deeper than that as a society? Have we lost our creativity?

Portraiture is often defined as "a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders." (Anon) I'd like you to question this definition. Do you actually need to show facial features to show some likeness and personality? How can we rethink what portraiture is, its purpose, its future? This call is for portraiture that is non-traditional and pushes the genre. Some suggestions might be to consider ways to make a portrait without showing somebody's face or body, play with light and angles, or develop a personality through objects.

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"Antenne" @ Sustainable Axis Photography Exhibition, New York Film Academy
to Sep 30

"Antenne" @ Sustainable Axis Photography Exhibition, New York Film Academy


Sustainability is the ability to maintain something at a certain rate or level. It is also the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Our latest group show Sustainable Axis, explores the imaginary line around which our ideas of sustainability rotate, questioning what sustainability means for us individually and collectively.

The artists in this show wrestle with sustainability in varying ways through diverse and striking imagery. From documenting docile creatures in pastoral landscapes, to self portraits of an existential crisis on the beach; analog prints of urban landscapes and power lines, to explorations of food and the apparent needs for food security through sustainable agricultural practices.

Each artist points out the importance of things we take for granted - shelter, electricity, safe food, air and water, nature, history, the sky. Through this lens we see our world anew, recognizing that at its most basic interpretation we seek to maintain that which we rely upon. This work depicts the uncertainty of our ecosystems and the radical need to be responsible and conscious, for the betterment of life on earth.

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