Four photographers with dynamic, contemporary approaches to the traditions of fine art street photography and surveillance.
Tomoko Daido discovers suspicious and mysterious sites as she walks for hours around the city. Whether in the US or Japan, her 7” x 7” black and white silver gelatin prints, made with a plastic camera, suggest a uneasy parallel world to the everyday we inhabit. For Tomoko, there is a thrill and instantaneous response to each find which is followed by contemplation through the slow photographic process of the darkroom. “The fixed image becomes an interface between what was there and my perception of what was there.”
Born in Japan, Tomoko Daido lives and works in New York City. She is a member of the photographers’ group, 35MINUTESMAN, and has exhibited at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, Fordham University’s Center Gallery and APS Studio 35 in Tokyo. Tomoko’s book, White Elephant (2007) was selected for inclusion in PHOTOBOOK!!2010, an exhibition of twenty outstanding photobooks at the Davis Orton Gallery in 2010.
Bojune Kwon, in his series, Neurosis, restructures reality to present the sometimes overwhelming impact of the city. Each photograph in this series, digitally built from hundreds of individual exposures, is a location familiar to most as an iconic view of New York but this time seen through the eyes of a newcomer, adjusting to a very fast paced, impersonal world.
Bojune Kwon is a fine arts and commercial photographer living and working in New York City. His fine arts work centers on the built environment. He has received several international awards for his images including from the Sappi/Magno Intensity Photographic Competition and the Epson International Photographic Pano (Panoramic) Awards. Born in Korea, Bojune studied photography at Seoul’s Kyung-Il University and is an MFA recipient from The School of Visual Arts in digital photograph.
Gary Duehr‘s series, “Closed Circuit” is based on closed circuit television (CCTV) from anonymous global sources, “Closed Circuit” examines the ubiquitous state of Big Brother’s watchful eye. Just as the footage—taken from hotels and airports and parking lots and elevators—possesses an air of anonymity, so do the subjects, who are reduced to faceless projections. The closer the CCTV zooms in, the less concrete information remains. Shadowy bodies float through glaring spaces: they could be anyone doing anything, any where at any time. Duehr asks, “Who can keep their heads above the deluge?”
In 2007 Gary Duehr was chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the International Association of Art Critics. In 2003 Duehr received an Artist Grant in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his work has been featured in museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Exit Art, Umbrella Arts, and New York Arts; Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, Japan; SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba. Past awards include grants from the LEF Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Duehr has written about the arts for journals including ArtScope, Art New England, Art on Paper, Communication Arts, Frieze, and Public Culture.
Susan A. Barnett started her project, “Not In Your Face”, as a dialogue with the viewer about judgment - how we make assumptions and decisions based upon what people wear, their choices in accessories and style considerations. Each of her subjects reveal parts of themselves that advertise their hopes, ideals, likes, dislikes, political views and personal mantras. While in each image, the t-shirt is key, these photographs are not about the t-shirt per se but about identity, validation and perception. In shooting from the back, Barnett challenges expectations about the portrait with revealing portraits of individuals through, not only the message on the shirt, but body type, dress and demeanor.
Susan A. Barnett has exhibited her work at, among others, Clampart Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, New York Photo Festival, Capital One Corporate Gallery , Houston Center for Fine Art Photography, Philadelphia University of the Arts Gallery, and Pacific Center NW. “Not In Your Face” has been seen in Lensculture, Popular Photography, Lenscratch, Social documentary.net, Pittsburgh Tribune and PDN. “Not In Your Face” has won awards from Photo Review, Px3, Texas Photographic Society, Photo World Annual Awards,Critical Mass, Hey Hot Shot Contender and New York Photo Festival. The book “Not In Your Face” will be published in 2012 from the Silas Finch Foundation, New York.