When does a photo portrait cross the boundaries of traditional portraiture to become art for the sake of art?
Panopticon Gallery in Boston has curated a group exhibition of work that challenges the definition of portraiture by photographers and artists Fritz Liedtke, Andrea Raynor, Holly Lynton, Samuel Quinn, Wendy Paton, KK DePaul, Marybeth Rothman, Zia Ayub, Stephen Sheffield, Hans Hiltermann, Charlotte Niel, Douglas Prince, Ellen Carey and others.
We're pleased to know that three of the artists included in the show were discovered at Lens Culture FotoFest Paris in 2011.
What's in a Face
March 2 - April 10, 2012
Inside Hotel Commonwealth
502C Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 USA
Backhaus takes photographs of left-behind objects and rooms devoid of people, lending significance to things usually cleared away or overlooked. Although What Still Remainsshows no people, each image is alive with the lingering energy of those who have left the scene as it is.
In 1929, my grandfather was hanged for murder — multiple interpretations, double exposures, and ambiguities arise depending on which character is telling the story.
Photographerwrites: "Many things touched me during the making of these images. I was touched by the gravity in their demeanour at the moment in front of the camera, their fragility, their simplicity, their grace, their closeness to one another, but most of all I was struck by their complete lack of posturing."