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The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of phot ographs from Joshua Lutz&rsquo\; newly released monograph\, Hesitating Beauty\; published by Schilt Publishing (Hardcover\, 96 pages\, 9.5 x 6.7 inches).

Seamlessly blending his own photographs with family records\, interviews and letters\ , Joshua Lutz offers a startling yet intimate portrait of a family consumed by the tragedy of mental illness. In Hesitating Beauty\, Lutz def tly builds a cumulative\, non-linear narrative\, echoing the mental decline of the artist&rsquo\;s mother. Lutz offers a somber portrayal of the famil y unit\; presenting images that are simultaneously nostalgic and foreign. H ospital beds\, medical bracelets and sunspots through spider-web covered\, overgrown suburbs\, bestow the glancing semblance of time and our own conce ption of reality.

As S usan Sontag states in her essay\, On Photography\, &ldquo\;the cam era&rsquo\;s rendering of reality must always hide more than it discloses.. .only that which narrates can make us understand&rdquo\;. Lutz challenges t he traditional function of the photographic medium in portraying narrative and shows us what it feels like to cope with a family member slipp ing away into psychosis.

On the series Joshua Lutz elaborates: "Holding on so tightly to what I believed was sanity and being consumed by fear of depression and schizoph renia prevented me from being fully present to my mother's reality. The pas t few years\, as she slipped away from the aggressive paranoia and depressi on of my youth to an almost calming sense of delusion\, made it much easier for me to rid the anger that veiled my life and to attempt to find a place of empathy and compassion as I managed her care. In making this work and s imultaneously falling deeper into her psychosis\, I tried to imagine a time when the past\, present and future collided\; a place where the weight of memory is heavier than reality."

Joshua Lutz received his BFA from Bard College in 1997\, and his MFA from Bard College at the International Center of Photography in 20 05. The recipient of the Tierney Fellowship\, Best Editorial awards from Photo District News and Communication Arts\, Lutz was also named one of Photo District News&rsquo\; top 30 emerging photograp hers. His work has been featured in publications ranging from The New Y orker and Harper&rsquo\;s to The New York Times Magazine. He is currently on the faculty at the International Center of Photography.

Joshua Lutz&rsquo\;s firs t monograph\, Meadowlands\, was published by powerHouse Books in 2 008.

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