In this year of COVID and calls for social justice, awareness, and responsibility, many have turned to photography to process and express what is taking place in their personal lives and communities. Join this panel of extraordinary photographers as they explore the topic of remaining creatively fresh and engaged while working within the limitations of social isolation, travel bans, and extremely divisive political discourse. This lively and inspiring discussion will include:
— Photography work during COVID
— The importance of personal projects
— Thinking creatively within one’s environment
— When the personal is political
— Adapting to change
Featuring: Alexis Hunley, Bri McDaniel, Elinor Carucci
Moderated by: Katrin Eismann
Moderator: Katrin Eismann
Katrin Eismann specializes in interpretive travel, still life, and portrait photography. She is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography–all of which have been translated into numerous languages. Katrin founded and chaired the School of Visual Arts, Masters in Digital Photography department for twelve years. She now works on the Lightroom product management team. Katrin has never met a pixel she couldn’t make better!
My name is Alexis Hunley and I’m a photographer based in Los Angeles, California. I started teaching myself photography in 2017, and have enjoyed producing editorial, lifestyle, and commercial work these past three years. Recently, my work during quarantine has shifted toward documenting the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on my neighborhood. As we’ve seen over the last several months, Black communities are being devastated across the country. I have been documenting life at home with my family, as well as moments with my neighbors, and in my community. I understand that as we move into a new way of life, my neighborhood will be faced with hardships that individuals in Bel-Air or Calabasas will never face. Our stories are too often overlooked or forgotten, so it is critical for future generations that Black documentarians such as myself, tell the stories of our communities from our own perspectives.
I am a black artist located in the Pacific Northwest with two toddlers and two cats. I create images to empower mothers. I am inspired by the idea of being seen. It is important for me to maintain a platform that gives voice to those who would normally go overlooked. I love Texas Pete hot sauce, plants, and trap music.
Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include: Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, FoMU, and Gagosian Gallery, London among others. Group shows include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and The Photographers’ Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Her photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.
She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has published four monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002, and Diary of a Dancer, SteidlMack 2005, and MOTHER, Prestel 2013. In fall of 2019 Monacelli Press/Phaidon published her fourth monograph, Midlife.
Carucci teaches at the graduate program of Photography and Lens-Based Art at School of Visual Arts.
Her COVID series will be exhibited as a solo show in the gallery of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, in September 2020.
Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to present Elinor Carucci’s latest body of work, Midlife
In this new series spanning the past eight years, Carucci continues to explore themes of identity, relationships, and the passage of time by documenting herself and her family in their daily lives, a practice that has long been central to her work. Through these deeply personal photographs—which range from moments of intimacy and emotionally charged scenes, to the most mundane tasks of running a household—the artist’s vulnerability and total honesty to her audience invite viewers to recognize their own experiences in hers.
Carucci’s images have always been distinguished by an ability to illustrate the universality of human emotions by zeroing in on carefully composed scenes of domesticity. Yet, Midlife feels particularly compelling because it chooses as its subject matter a period in life that is rarely acknowledged, much less celebrated. Youthful beauty and the advent of motherhood are familiar motifs in the history of art, but the narrative of women’s lives seems to stop there. More than simply shining a light on the midlife years, Carucci presents an intensive and tender investigation into the effects of time on her body, her self-identity in all its complexity, and her relationships with her family members as they each move through new phases of their lives. Midlife is also the subject of an acclaimed monograph published by The Monacelli Press.
The Midlife viewing room will be live from September 10th through October 22nd, 2020 on the newly redesigned Edwynn Houk Gallery website. An artist talk about Carucci’s career and a virtual reception for the exhibition will be hosted by the School of Visual Arts on Thursday, September 10th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Please visit to register for the event, which will be held on Zoom.
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