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
documents the competitors who are forgotten about and under-celebrated – the second-place finishers. Nicholson visited a range of fierce Canadian competitions, including the Air Guitar Finals, the Dance Sport Championships, rodeos, a spelling bee, a hamburger-eating contest and The Pillow Fight League. Each event draws an expected slice of a specific subculture.
By gazing upon eyes which cannot see, these powerfully direct portraits allow us to contemplate, and appreciate, what it means to have sight or to be blinded — and how the differences of perception affect our understanding of others.
While the prize-winning image beautifully captured a moment of pure innocence centered on the photographer's baby son—'s full portfolio bursts with variety and imagination. Come learn more about this talented, multi-faceted artist.
3rd Place, Fine Art/Conceptual, LensCulture Earth Awards:
Aesthetically moving while also deeply disturbing, these images aim to stimulate social awareness of our use of plastic bags—the planet's most ubiquitous consumer item—which can be found littered across the natural world.