Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey, 2012
Tower of the Rock
Selucian Retreat at Succoth (2 Views)
Temple City of Haraam
Monastic Retreat at Betharbel
"… [Photography] presents a kind of false truth as all photographs are subjective images, even those made by machine. The primary action in photography, framing the image, is one by which elements of a scene or subjects are excluded, conflated, monumentalized, sublimated, flattened, isolated or otherwise given emotional weight that they lack when experienced by the un-aided eye. In my mind, photography’s chief action is recontextualize the objects, people and environments we see. To some degree, my work stems from this basic fact and underscores the slippery nature of photographic “fact.”
Harry Edwards painted Handsome Morning—A Dakota in 1921.
As the Brooklyn Museum describes, Edwards painted Handsome Morning “wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a specialty of Dakota women).”
Edwards picks up the bold colors of her garments in the indistinct strokes of the background, tying the subject and her setting together.
In fact, Edwards seems deliberately to have composed the scene to highlight her garments, her delicate moccasin emerging from behind her carefully arrayed blanket.