Janelle Lynch, April 27, 2023

PRC Speaker Series with Janelle Lynch
A hybrid presentation:
April 27, 2023
6:30 – 8:30 pm Online and In-Person at the
Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA

Tickets will be on sale soon.

Janelle Lynch, from the series, Fern Valley

Janelle Lynch is an American artist whose work reveals an inquiry into themes of connection, presence, and transcendence.

Lynch uses an 8×10-inch view camera, which supports an embodied, contemplative working method. While she photographed exclusively in the landscape for the first two decades of her career, Lynch’s practice has expanded to include portraiture, still life, and cyanotypes. Her recent work is deeply informed by her training in perceptual drawing and painting. 

Fern Valley (2020- present)is a photographic meditation on presence and connection—to time and place; people and animals; the material and ethereal worlds. It follows an abiding belief in the strength of the human spirit to persevere and the transcendent power of nature. 

In March 2020, Janelle Lynch was invited to Fern Valley, a swath of land along the Soque River in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia. Aware of her good fortune during a global crisis, she resolved to honor the moment and to be generative amidst the quietude of Fern Valley. With her 8×10-inch view camera, which supports her contemplative approach to image-making, she began a communion with a new family, culture, place, and its history. Intuition, light, love, and a life-long spiritual connection to the plant and animal kingdoms were among her guides. 

photo by Forrest Simmons

Fern Valley also draws inspiration from the historical legacy of spirit photography; the mid-19th century Spiritualist movement, which posited that the spirit exists beyond the body, and the spirits of the deceased communicate with the living; and transcendental philosophy, which asserts that nature is formed and informed by spirits and that every living element is evidence of a greater spirituality.

In addition to Fern Valley and the cyanotypes she began making concurrently, Lynch’s presentation will include Another Way of Looking at Love (2015-2018), which was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet in 2019, Family (2017-present), her first series of portraits, and The Girls Were Here (2019), a series she made on the streets of her West Village neighborhood.

Lynch’s photographs are in many private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her photographs have been shown worldwide, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; LUMA Westbau, Zurich; the International Gallery of Photography, Dublin; and the Shanghai Center of Photography. She has three monographs published by Radius Books: Los Jardines de México (2010); AIGA award-winning Barcelona (2013), which also features her writings; and Another Way of Looking at Love (2018), which includes an essay by Darius Himes. Lynch lives in New York and is represented by Flowers Gallery.