Jay Muhlin works in photography with a focus on artist books. He employs a wide range of visual languages through immersive photographic exploration, addressing the idea of loss, intimacy, comfort, anxiety, and masculinity. Stemming from his own life experiences, his books and photographs are crafted from detailed research, as he negotiates this emotional territory with a camera. Central to this exploration is an examination and response to how myths and metaphors are communicated visually. What results are multivalent narratives that not only define his subjects with empathy and seek an emotional truth, but reveal the complex relationship between photographer and subject. His collaborative video work explores a childhood understanding of cartoons in relation to the depictions of robots, augmented personalities and the articulation of power.
Muhlin has a MFA in Transmedia/Art Photography from Syracuse University and a BFA in Photography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has appeared in various editorial publications worldwide. He has recently completed residencies at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY, The Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY and at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy NY. Muhlin has taught at Syracuse University, Salem Community College, was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College, Moore College of Art & Design, University of Delaware, and The College of New Jersey. Muhlin is an artist member of Vox Populi, and his studio is in Philadelphia, PA.