Fotographers (in) Focus

Introducing Fotographers (in) Focus, featuring the photographers currently showing in our museum.

We’re flipping the camera on our photographers – framing them as the subjects that provoke and sustain our creative curiosity while the museum doors are temporarily closed. We’ve invited our photographers to share more about their work or tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives while in isolation.

Check in often. We will be sharing new photography and interviews.

Sasha Phyars-Burgess

Sasha Phyars-Burgess

Sasha Phyars-Burgess is included in the Fotografiska New York x VICE exhibition New Visions. Phyars-Burgess makes a caring photographic study of Black people in America, investigating the country’s racial politics as well as the notion of home as a first-generation American born to Trinidadian parents, and raised in Pennsylvania. For the series UNTITLED OR AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, Phyars-Burgess documented the dance and club culture among her Black peers in Ithaca, NY, testing the potential for such spaces to function as temporary sites of total freedom.

Untitled #16, Ithaca, New York (2017) © Sasha Phyars-Burgess

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Yuan Yao

Yuan Yao

Yuan Yao is included in the Fotografiska New York x VICE exhibition New Visions. Through photography, Yao builds moody, fantastical worlds intended to blur the boundaries between dreams and reality, victory and defeat. Yao met Nami, the subject and namesake of his Nami series, through a mutual friend who later passed away unexpectedly. Nami had long intended for the late friend to photograph her when she became pregnant, so when it finally happened, Yao stepped in. The two traveled to Nami’s birthplace of Fuji and throughout Japan to take the images for the series, which capture both the joy and melancholy in the journey.

Untitled © Yuan Yao

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Stefanie Moshammer

Stefanie Moshammer

Stefanie Moshammer is included in Fotografiska New York x VICE exhibition New Visions. Moshammer gives us further insight into her series Picótera. In Picótera, Moshammer traveled to Barranquilla, Colombia to photograph its picóteros, DJs and music producers whose main tool is the picó, a DIY assemblage of speakers used to blast music into the streets and at outdoor parties. Each picó is the pride and joy of its owner, painted in neon with unique, flamboyant imagery. Moshammer applies the sensibility of documentary photography to staged images, allowing chance and spontaneity to be collaborators in creating partial fictions.

Alfonso Lopez, 2018 from the series Picótera © Stephanie Moshammer 

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Laurence Philomène

Laurence Philomène

Laurence Philomène is included in the Fotografiska New York x VICE exhibition New Visions. Their work reflects their life experience as a chronically ill, transgender artist. In the series Huldufólk, meaning “Hidden Folk” in Icelandic, Philomène expanded on their daily practice by taking self portraits amid Icelandic landscapes. Their series draws on local folklore that speaks of hidden people who sometimes appear among nature but at other times stay hidden, drawing an analogy to non-binary identity, which they say at time feels highly visible and at other times completely erased.

Editing images in my home office during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak (2020) © Laurence Philomène

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Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth

Prior to the pandemic, fashion photographer and director Ellen von Unwerth was constantly traveling around the world for fashion weeks, photo shoots and events. Now during social distancing, she’s enjoying the slower pace of life in the French countryside. Immersed in nature and drawing inspiration from it, von Unwerth offers an uplifting perspective on her life and work, as she reflects on her current exhibition at Fotografiska New York, Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women.

Being Creative © Ellen von Unwerth, March 2020

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Tawny Chatmon

Tawny Chatmon

Photography-based artist Tawny Chatmon invites us into the home where she and her family are social distancing. Through video and images, Chatmon speaks about her experience in isolation and gives a glimpse into an ongoing photography project. We witness Chatmon approach homeschool with the same patience and attention to detail as her gold and ornamentation work in her photography exhibition Inheritance at Fotografkisa New York.

Tawny Chatmon working in her at-home studio, March 2020.

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Matthew Morrocco

Matthew Morrocco

Matthew Morrocco is included in the Fotografiska New York x VICE exhibition New Visions. His work often plays with the process of photography itself through complex portraiture. He has tackled topics as varied as social media and cross-generational romance. Morrocco consistently uses mirrors and clever framing to draw attention to the process of image-making and the role of the photographer.

ORCHID.rgb behind the scenes, 2018 © Matthew Morrocco

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