Currently a freelance photographer, Jaclyn Salvaggio Kain received her BA from Simmons College in 1999 where she was the recipient of the Joshua D. Oppenheim Award and Trustman Art Fellowship. She is a consistent donator to the Massachusetts College of Art and Artcetera Auction. From January 6 through 28, 2006, Gallery NAGA will feature over a dozen images from her “Pieces of Millie” series.

Featured online are selections from her latest series “Millie” as well as a body of self-portraits. To create these haunting images, Salvaggio Kain first transfers her negatives from film to paper. By printing through the resulting paper negatives, the natural texture and fibers emerge. Both series recall a 21 st-century take on Pictorialism. Some compositions verge on the sinister (one is reminded of Edward Steichen with the nudes), while others take a more light-hearted approach (the self-portraits evoke Isadora Duncan or scenes from a lost play). Salvaggio Kain’s resulting massing of dark and light forms creates a veiled world that exists, elusively, somewhere between day and night, fantasy and reality.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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Click here for Salvaggio Kain’s gallery, Gallery NAGA


Chandra Meesig
November 2005

Dutch Huff
October 2005

Shirin Adhami

September 2005

Anne McMahon
August 2005

Ri Anderson
July 2005

Jonathon Wells

June 2005

Lior Neiger
May 2005

Rania Matar
April 2005

Liz Daly
March 2005

Steve Deane
February 2005

Andrew Warren
January 2005

Jane Hesser
December 2004

Jessica Burko
November 2004

Amy Montali

October 2004

Luke Snyder

September 2004

Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson

June 2004

Julie Melton
May 2004

Marlo Marrero
April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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“Pieces of Millie” and Self-Portrait series

This body of work began as an experiment with photographic processes. A few years ago I began manipulating old negatives, investigating various printing techniques to see how I could alter the result of the standard black and white silverprint. I was striving to create prints that felt a bit removed from reality. I had a vision of a ghostly, slightly veiled world and I was searching for a way to convey this world to others. I realized that by transferring the negatives from film to paper, I was able to create images that appeared far removed from the original scenes in which they were shot. The beauty of the paper negative was that I was able to print through the fibers and texture of the paper, rather than the smooth surface of film to achieve the distant and blurred images that I had envisioned.

Suddenly, my pictures seemed freed from any context. It didn’t matter when or where, or of whom, my pictures were taken. They bring the viewer somewhere else. The women who appear are no longer the friends I had photographed. They have become familiar strangers to whom I have given a new and different life.

Since my first body of experimental work, I have been striving to enhance the mysteriousness of the places created and move my scenes further into this other world. As imaginary as they might seem, there is still something oddly reminiscent of a certain place or time for me. They serve as small windows into places where I feel as though I may have once been, and one that I could almost recreate. My pictures are slices of a story that has not yet been brought to fruition—small glimpses of a place that reveals itself to me print by print.

Jaclyn Salvaggio Kain

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Pieces of Millie