Jennifer McClure will speak about her personal work and how she has used photography as an emotional lifeline during this pandemic. She has been documenting her
Jennifer McClure will speak about her personal work and how she has used photography as an emotional lifeline during this pandemic. She has been documenting her family and herself since the beginning of the quarantine, from the early days of complete isolation to the recent navigation of new routines. Making pictures daily began as a way to pass the hours spent inside with a young child. Jennifer looked for magic and escape and tried to experience this strange new world through her daughter’s eyes. The act of photographing became a way to manage the anxiety and sadness, a way to stay fully present. She continues to photograph her family as they slowly step out of their quarantine bubble. She will discuss both the emotional and technical components of creating a visual diary like this during uncertain times.
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Featuring: Jennifer McClure
Hosted by : Tom Smith
Jennifer McClure is a fine art photographer based in New York City. She uses the camera to ask and answer questions. Her work is about longing, solitude, and an ambivalent yearning for connection. She often uses herself and her experiences as subject matter to explore the creation of personal mythology and the agency of identity.
After an early start, Jennifer returned to photography in 2001, taking classes at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. In between, she acquired a B.A. in English Theory and Literature and began a long career in restaurants. Most of her projects today incorporate her love of literature; one series was inspired by a short story, another includes photos of transformative texts, still another draws titles from a long-form poem.
Jennifer was a 2019 and 2017 Critical Mass Top 50 finalist and twice received the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Juried Exhibitions. She was awarded CENTER’s Editor’s Choice by Susan White of Vanity Fair in 2013 and has been exhibited in numerous shows across the country. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, GUP, The New Republic, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, Dwell, Adbusters, and PDN. Lectures include the School of Visual Arts i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series, Fotofusion, FIT, NY Photo Salon and Columbia Teacher’s College. She has taught workshops for Leica Akademie, PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, the Maine Media Workshops, the Griffin Museum, and Fotofusion. She was a thesis reviewer and advisor for the Masters Programs at both the School of Visual Arts and New Hampshire Institute of Art. She founded the Women’s Photo Alliance in 2015.
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