Sitting in a classroom, it’s easy to forget that the person lecturing in front of you is, like you, engaged in creating new work. For photographers who also teach, the summer months are an opportunity to focus on their own projects. That may mean beginning a series, completing a book, mounting an exhibition or laying the groundwork for something new. Here’s what some of your instructors have been up to since submitting your grades last spring.
Connie Samaras’s Edge of Twilight is a “lesbian time-travel” video and photography installation made partly in RV communities. It will be featured in Tales of Tomorrow, a survey of samaras’s work at the armory center for the arts in pasadena, california, starting in march 2013. the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts helped fund a catalog of the exhibition. Samaras is a professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine.
In Backyard Mysteries, Larry Fink, professor of photography at Bard College, continues his personal exploration of his neighbors and community first seen in 1984 in the series Social Graces. Fink says, “In the early days I was a complex package, saturated with unresolve, and i found that contrariness within my personal subjects. now i rarely fight with anyone. the right people at the right time present themselves; Stacia, a nurse at the local hospital who took care of me, has become my most recent inspiration. Her family is uninhibited and free within themselves. as an ongoing student of life through photography, most often image success lies in capturing what you can’t escape.”