Blake Fitch has long been interested in documenting nuances in the emotional lives of girls and young women. In “Expectations of Adolescence,” Fitch photographed her half-sister and cousin from age 12 through 22, allowing viewers into the mercurial transition period when girls feel alternatively awkward and self-confident, combative and submissive, childlike in their wonder, but budding adults in their growing knowledge of the world.
“Dress Rehearsal” depicts young girls in one of their favorite Princess character costumes. Taken within the context of the current Disney “Princess Culture” (“PC”), Fitch’s photographs are not a polemic on the effects of PC on the psyche of young girls, but rather suggest that reflection and scrutiny will prove enlightening.
The quality and breadth of her imagery has enabled Fitch to receive a variety of grants and sponsorships, including support from Kodak and Calumet Photographic. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is held in the collections of numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The George Eastman House of Photography, and the Worcester Art Museum. She is represented by ClampArt and Miller Yezerski Gallery.
Fitch received her BFA on full scholarship from Pratt Institute, with a major in photography and minor in photo history. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, before earning her master’s degree in arts administration at Boston University. From 2002 through 2007, Fitch was executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, where she was instrumental in making the museum a preeminent resource devoted to the exhibition of photography.
Fitch works as a fine artist and commercial photographer. She teaches at the New England School of Photography and lives in Reading, MA, with her husband and their two children.