CAPTIONS (Left to Right): Julie Blackmon, Saturday, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Amy Montali, Palmer, and Nora, 2004, Courtesy of the artist. Jessica Todd Harper, Emilie and Stephano, 2005, Courtesy of the artist and Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, NY. Ben Gest, Chuck, Alice, and Dale, 2003, printed 2004, Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL. Sage Sohier, Mum, Laine, and me trying on wigs, Washington, D.C., 2004, Courtesy of the artist and Bernard Toale Gallery.
This group show highlights emerging and mid-career photographers who engage and extend the genre of narrative and group portraiture. Featured artists include Julie Blackmon, Ben Gest, Jessica Todd Harper, Amy Montali, and Sage Sohier. Many recall paintings in their arrangement, lighting, large scale, and method. Within their groupings, these artists—all of whom use their own family and friends in interiors—investigate ideas of the self and group and address the dynamics of relationships and situations, simultaneously real, created, or somewhere in-between.