I am thrilled to share that two of my pieces (above and below)
have been acquired by the High Museum for their permanent collection through the generous funds of The Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Advised Fund, Joe B. Massey, Lindsay W. Marshall and Dr. Lucius C. Beebe, Sr., Avery Kastin, Jane Cofer, and William Boling. recently
"Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? How can photographs visualize a reality that disproportionately affects people of color, and, for many, remains outside of view?
This spring, Aperture magazine will release “Prison Nation,” addressing the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis."
BITDBITN at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA
BITDBITN WINNER (Independent Book Prize) 2017 Lucie Photo Book Prize
BITDBITN Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award
BITDBITN reviewed by Robin Titchener on Photobook Store Magazine
BITDBITN featured on Strange Fire Collective
BITDBITN Listed as one of the Best Books of 2016 by Melanie McWhorter on Photo-Eye-
BITDBITN is listed as a
photobookof the year by Laura El-Tantawy on Photobook Store Magazine HAFNYSelects BITDBITN as one of the Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016
TIME Selects BITDBITN as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016
BITDBITN Shortlisted for the Paris
Photo ApertureFoundation 2016 Photobook Prize!
Parting Words was recently featured in Musée Magazine - Issue No. 16 - Chaos
BITDBITN was recently featured
on1000 Words with an essay by Daniel C. Blight.
Thrilled to announce that advanced copies of BITDBITN will be at the New York Art Book Fair. Table O12 in the Focus Photography Room! See you there!
Public/Private/Portrait, Published by Mossless in collaboration w/ Charlotte Cotton / ICP
Telegraph Magazine: Barkhad Abdi Story, April 2016
The New Yorker: The Matter of Black Lives, March 2016
BITDBITN / Parting Words Press:
Artillery Magazine, 2016
Times Free Press, 2016
Bad At Sports, 2016
AI-AP DART, 2016
The Best of Slideluck Editorial, 2015
Arts+Culture TX, 2015
Deaf in Prison, 2015
The Houston Chronicle, 2015
PDN online, 2015
Paper City Magazine, 2015
Mass Appeal, 2015
Photograph Magazine, 2015
Huffington Post, 2014
BBC online, 2014
New York Magazine online and in print, 2014
Juxtapoz online, 2014
Happy to share my portrait of Barhad Abdi for Telegraph Magazine (April 9th Issue) and an article in Artillery Magazine (May/June Issue)
My portrait of Alicia Garza for The New Yorker recently came out. Check the March 14th issue to see it in person.
A few installation photos from Cress Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.
Installation photos from Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art
Super excited to have recently photographed Ed Ruscha for Financial Times Weekend Magazine! What an amazing man!
BITDBITN was recently featured in Russian Esquire!
BITDBITN has been on
the move. And I've been behind on sharing news. A solo exhibition of the work is currently included in this years Belo Horizonte’s Biennial International Festival of Photography in Brazil. Up through Nov 29th. You can see more on that festival HERE
And a large installation of the work is currently up at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. More on that can be seen HERE
The project has also recently been featured on WIRED. You can read that article HERE
Super ecstatic to announce that I have been chosen as a 2015 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Award for my project #blackisthedayblackistheni
ght. This foundation gives grants to individual artists on a nomination only basis. The nominators were kept confidential, so whoever nominated me... THANK YOU!! I hope to get #bitdbitn published!
Elegant Violence featured on Huffington Post: Photographers Address The Pain And Glory Of Violent Sports
A few installation views from Black is the Day, Black is the Night on display at Houston Center for Photography until July 5th.
An installation view and a few details from my installation of Parting Words which was on display at Manifest Justice May 1-10.... in addition to a few hightlights, including the moment Tom Morello took some time with my work and when the show was officially recogntized by the US Congress.
My covershoot of Maddie Ziegler for Stella Magazine / The Sunday Telegraph. I had a wonderful time shooting this amazing young dancer. She is mature beyond her years and the most natural and comfortable person I have ever photographed. Love her in Sia's music videos.
An interview and write up on Aperture Portfolio Prize exhibition Black is the Day, Black is the Night was recently published on Mass Appeal. You can read the full interview HERE
In Position, an exhibition of photographs by Jona Frank and myself will be on view from January 24 to February 28, 2015 at De Soto Gallery in Venice, CA. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 24 from 6pm to 8pm. You can read the full pres release HERE
Installation and opening night views from Black is the Day, Black is the Night on display at Aperture Gallery until Jan 29th.
Recent online/in print publications:
Back Page feature in Photograph Magazine (print and online)
Aperture Portfolio Prize write up on Juxtapoz
Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up in Non Profit Quarterly
Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up in The Marshall Project
Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up in New York Magazine
Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up on Huffington Post
Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured in Lapham's Quarterly
Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured in BBC article
Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured on Juxtapoz
Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured on Lenscratch
Danseur write up on FeatureShoot
Danseur write up on Huffington Post
Whilst I Am Drawing Breath (6 page spread) published in Photographer's Sketchbook by Thames and Hudson
and last but not least
Happy to say that Nine Years Out of a Death Row Sentence, 2010 is selling quickly. For now it is still available through Aperture's limited edition print sale. More info on how to purchase the print or about the project can be found HERE.
The image will be on display at Aperture's booth at both Paris Photo (booth EE8) and Art Basel.
I am soon heading to Chicago for a printing residency at Latitude! Super excited to finally spend some time in Chicago and get my Aperture exhibition printed!
Nine Years Out of a Death Row Sentence, 2010 is now available through Aperture's limited edition print sale. More info on how to purchase the print or about the project can be found HERE.
The image has recently been on display at both PULSE, NYC and PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, PA.
"This year, Aperture’s editorial and limited-edition print staff—twelve staff members and eleven work scholars in all—reviewed close to one thousand Portfolio Prize entries. Our challenge was to select one top prize and four runners-up
fromthis overwhelming response."
Pete Brook spoke at SFMoMA on March 16th as part of the symposium, Bearing Witness. Sweet thing about that is he spoke about my project Black is the Day, Black is the Night (as well as spoke about many other great photographers)... to a very large audience. You can check out his talk.. as well as others (Susan Meiselas, Zoe Strauss, Margaret Olin, Doug Rickard, Kathy Ryan, Benjamin Lowy, and Mike Krieger) by clicking HERE.
This installation is going to look fantastic! I hope you can make it!
CAST, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
MARCH 13TH-MAY 17TH
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH,
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is pleased to announce Cast, a group exhibition featuring the work of Dru Donovan, Amy Elkins, Tarrah Krajnak, Laurel Nakadate and Pinar Yolacan. Using the human body and variations of historic and commercial conventions of portraiture, these artists challenge the conceptual constraints of how a portrait functions while addressing issues regarding authorship and control, as well as our stereotypes and perceived senses of beauty.
I am thrilled to have recently found out that I am a Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist!From Aperture: "We’re pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize! This year, Aperture’s editorial and limited-edition print staff reviewed more than seven hundred portfolios. Our challenge was to select one winner and four honorable mentions from this overwhelming response. Out of the following exceptional finalists, one will be selected as the winner of the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize, receiving a cash prize and exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York:Pete Brook of Prison Photography interviewed me about my project Parting Words. You can read it all HERE______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________I am really excited to share that Parting Words has recently made the cover of the Huffington Post. In
additionit made the cover of the Political section. It has since been republished on Huffington Post UK and The Good Men Project among many other sites both nationally and internationally. Feels really good to get some exposure for that project, which has been a lot of hard work to complete._____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Download the Daylight Digital App to your ipad and spend some time with my multi-media feature Black is the Day, Black is the Night. Text by Pete Brook, Reading by Rafael Ramirez_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
I am honored to be selected in APERTURE'S INSTAGRAM SILENT AUCTION- curated by Kathy Ryan, director of photography, New York Times Magazine. You can find more information about the auction HERE._____________________________________________________________________________________________________NEW: Global Yodel Limited Edition Print Sale! Buy a print HERE!!DEAR DAVE MAGAZINE PRESENTS, curated by Stephen Frailey. Photoville, Brooklyn, NY. Sept. 2013PRESENT MEMORY: curated by Joaquin Trujillo. Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY. Sept 2013FRACTION MAGAZINE, issue #54. Sept 2013SUMMER 2013:THE TELEGRAPH | STELLA MAGAZINE: Arianna Huffington photographed in her home in Los Angeles. July, 2013CRUEL & UNUSUAL, Sirius Art Center, Cork Ireland, June 2013CRUEL & UNUSUAL, Reportage Photography Festival, Sydney Australia, June 2013SPRING 2013:LENS Magazine, March IssueReal Simple Magazine, Mother's Day IssueFACE it: featuring Valerie Belin, Robert Bergman, Amy Elkins,Jill Greenberg, Steve Pyke, Tomoko Sawada and Martin Schoeller
Rockland Center for the ArtsEmerson Gallery
March 10- April 14, 2013FALL 2012 / WINTER 2013:Photography on the Edge (group exhibition)
Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR.
February 2013Recent AcquisitionsNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.
December 2012____________________________________________________________________________________________Artist-in-Residence Award (for the months of Oct and Nov 2012)Villa Waldberta, Feldafing Germany15 pieces from Elegant Violence featured inThe Bursa International Photo Festival
Bursa, Turkey Sept 15- 21st, 2012.
Artist in attendance.15 pieces from Elegant Violence featured in2012 International Young Photographers' Exhibition
during the 2012 Daegu Photo Biennale
Daegu, S.Korea Oct 9th- Oct 28th, 2012.3 pieces from Elegant Violence featured inGyungnam International Modern Photogrpahy Festival
Gyungnam, S.Korea Oct 25- Oct 30th, 2012.
9 pieces from Wallflower featured inNext Generation: Contemporary American Photography
Munich, Germany Oct 4th- Nov 28th, 20129 pieces from Wallflower and Elegant Violencefeatured in BLINK Magazine
issue #156 pieces from Black is the Day, Black is the Nightfeatured in LIGHTWORK Contact Sheet #167
Artist-in-Residence Annual.SPRING / SUMMER 2012
Work from Black is the Day, Black is the
Night featuredin the upcoming fiction issue of VICE Magazine.
Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night
featured in the upcoming issue of Conveyor Magazine.
Work from Black is the Day, Black is the
Night featuredin Cruel and Unusual: Prison Photography,
a traveling exhibition looking to the world of prisons.
May 9th-June 3rd
Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam
June 22nd-July 1st
Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
Work from Lucas
featured in Small Prints
curated by Amani Olu and Jon Feinstein
June 7-10, 2012
Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Festival
Elegant Violence featured
inThe Sports Show at
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, February 2012
Press Release: here.
Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night will be featured in
Cruel and Unusual: Prison
Photography anall womensinternational photo exhibition looking to the world of prisons.
February 18 – April 1, 2012
Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland
Looking & Looking, a
two personexhibition featuring Jen Davis and myself reception at Light Work Gallery Feb 22.
Light Work Gallery
January 2012- March 2012
Press Release available here.
Elegant Violence featured in Harpers December issue
Off Photography. Curated by Jon Feinstein featured work from Elegant Violence.
Showcan be seen here.
Elegant Violence featured in Contact Sheet
catalogueLooking & Looking
Yancey Richardson Gallery
opening reception Sept 08, 6-8pm
on view until October 22, 2011
Group Exhibition from Pat Bell Collection
Neiman Marcus Gallery
Sept 8, 2011
Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night
2011 Gyeongnam International Modern Photography Festival
Traveling to major cities in Gyeongnam province in South Korea
Spent the month of June in Syracuse working around the
clock atthe Light Work Residency program. Kept a daily blog
throughout the process that can be seen here
100 Portraits curated by Andy Adams & Larissa Leclair
Australian Centre for Photography
July 29, 2011 - August 27, 2011
Panel Discussion / The Male Gazed:
Amy Elkins, Paul Mpagi Sepuya & Jessica Yatrofsky in conversation.
Moderated by Allen Frame
NYPH2011, Dumbo, NY. May 15, 2011, 6pm
Light Work Artist-in-Residence Award
for the project Black is the Day, Black is the Night
Artist Lecture / WIPNYC Lecture
Syracuse University, April 12thWinter 2011
Synthetic Zero and S0NiKFest group exhibition
curated by Mitsu Hadeishi and Seyhan Musaoglu.
Reception February 2nd, 6pm - 9pm, and Saturday, Feburary 5th, 7pm - 10pm
305 E. 140th St., #1A, Bronx NY 10454
Jacek Maczynski - paintings
Rebecca Bird - paintings
Sara Conde - paintings
Darcy Dahl - video installation
Amy Elkins - photographic-based experimental work
Brad Darcy - visual art
Sujin Lee - video installation
Theo Cote - photography
dansfolk- Excerpt from "Sensitive Female Chord Progression" - dance (Saturday only)
Elizabeth Glushko and Liquid Light Lab - music & multimedia
Betty T Kao - poetry reading (Wednesday only)
The shooting star experiment of lights - experimental music
Booker Stardrum's Drillbaby - music (Wednesday only)
Jeremy Newman - "The Persistence of Forgetting" - Mt. Laurel, NJ
Damien Ferland - "Death by VHS" - Winnipeg MB, Canada
Charles Chadwick - "Transubstantiation" - South San Francisco, CA
Kate Balsley - "Anima Mundi" - Brown Deer, WI
Mike Celona - "Detour 3" - Rochester, NY
Damali Abrams - "Rompe Puesto" - Queens, NY
Evan Meaney - Knoxville, TN
Alexei Dmitriev - "Abstract?"
Russell Chartier - "Devil on a Dam" - West Haven, CT
Tanguy de Thuret - "Untitled" - Italy
Christopher Conry - "In the Green Room: an afternoon & an evening with Chairlift and the Crystal Stilts" - Brooklyn, NYFall
Work to be in Vision Magazine out of China, issue #101.
An older but very personal project was selected to be in the group show Incognito at Yancey Richardson this Summer. The piece for the show was selected as part of the review in New Yorker.
The Weight of Air featured in Fraction Magazine Issue #17
Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait
Yancey Richardson Gallery
opening July 14, 2010
on view until August 27th, 2010
Uta Barth, Anne Collier, Amy Elkins, Mitch Epstein, Lee Friedlander,
David Hilliard, Tom Hunter, Bill Jacobson, Jodie Vicenta Jacobson,
Kenneth Josephson, Lisa Kereszi, Esko Mannikko, Ray Metzker,
Arno Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, Matthew Pillsbury, Lynn Saville,
Stephen Shore, Rachel Perry Welty
The Naked Truth (WEST)
curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
HOUS Projects Gallery, West Hollywood
opening July 22,
on view until September 9, 2010
MONA KUHN, LARRY CLARK, ALINE SMITHSON, TIERNEY GEARON,
JOB PISTON, RENEE JACOBS, ANTHONY KURTZ,
CARLO VAN DER ROER, LACEY TERRELL, JESSE FINLEY REED,
STEVE DIET GODDE, HELMUT NEWTON, BERT STERN, SUSAN MEISELAS, MARLA RUTHERFORD, NATASHA GORNIK, CHAD STATES, WILL STEACY,
PHIL TOLEDANO, DAVID LA CHAPELLE, LUKE SMALLEY, JOHN ARSENAULT, JULIANA BEASLEY, JOSH QUIGLEY
, AMYELKINS, AARON LEE FINEMAN, ZACH HYMAN, CARRIE SCHALTZ, JAIME PERMOUTH, GUILLERMO RIVEROS. WITH VIDEO BY:GERARD FORSTER AND PIERRE ST. JACQUES
The Naked Truth
curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
HOUS Projects Gallery, NYC
opening May 13, 2010 | 6:00pm
on view from may 13 - July 17, 2010
Bert Stern, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Susan Meiselas,
Nan Goldin, Herb Ritts, Mark Fields, Marla Rutherford, Natasha Gornik,
Chad States, Will Steacy, Naomi Harris, Terri Richardson, Ryan McGinley
Marilyn Minter, Phil Toledano, David La Chapelle, Luke Smalley, John Arsenault
Juliana Beasley, Amy Elkins, Josh
Qiugley, Aaron Lee Fineman, Zach Hyman
Jaime Permuth, Guillermo Riveros
Group Show: Portraits
Marc Audette, Alexandre Castonguay, Luc Courchesne, Amy Elkins,
Adad Hannah, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, Chih-Chien Wang
Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
5 June - 31 July 2010
You can read an interview I did with Nymphoto HEREWinter Shows and News
Larry Sultan Memorial show
Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA
VERSUS- Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Jan 07-March 08, 2010
include:Mickalene Thomas, Brian Ulrich, Cara Phillips, Zoe Strauss, Hank Willis Thomas, Matthew Pillsbury, Amy Elkins, Molly Landreth, Eric Ogden, Alex Leme, Kris Graves, Jen Davis, Gina LeVay, Phil Toledano, Ruben Natal-SanMiguel, Michael Wolf, Elizabeth Fleming and Nadine Rovner.
Fourth Annual Benefit Auction for CCNY
December 2nd, 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm,
at Calumet Photographic,
22 West 22nd Street
Galerie Anita Beckers, (Frankfurt, Germany)
@ Pulse Miami
Dec 3-6, 2009
curated by Joaquin Trujillo
Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street
December 12, 2009- February 21, 20010
Opening December 12, 2009 | 4p- 7p
Artists include: MALÚ ALVAREZ, JEFF BECK, LIVIA CORONA, JEN DESSINGER, EDWARD DOTY, AMY ELKINS, EDUARDO R. GARCIA, FEDERICO GUTIERREZ SCHOTT, STEPHANIE HALMOS, DENNIS
McLEOD, DERICK MELANDER, BRIAN PAUMIER, KELLY REEMTSEN, JOAQUIN TRUJILLO, SOPHIA WALLACE and TONY ZEPEDA
"One artist here -- the most compelling of the lot -- offers androgyny as an alternative to gender codes.
BrooklynbasedAmy Elkins photographs two shirtless young men in half-length portraits that mimic historical modes of female portraiture. As we look at these men, we're reminded of a long tradition of Venuses as well as the Greeks' love of a luscious boy. The subject of "Kyle" proves an especially rich muse, his arm crossed over his chest in a gesture suggesting both protection and flirtation. What works about Elkins's pictures is their lack of clear-cut agenda. Yes, they participate in the preconceived -- and sexist -- modes of art history. But they never, ever replicate them."
- Washington Post
"In her series of portraits, Amy Elkins creates an environment and a dynamic that allow us to observe an expression of self. They are portraits of introspection and assertion, of alienation and belonging, of confrontation and surrender. She puts her male subjects into a feminine space, undresses them, and watches them as they come to terms with what they are feeling and experiencing. Then, when they give a clue, through a gesture, or a look in the eye, she clicks the shutter."
- Jimmy Moffatt for NY Arts Magazine
"I first saw Amy Elkins' Wallflower series of male portraits against colorful flowered wallpapers in the project room at Yancey Richardson a year or so ago, and as the months have passed and I have encountered them again in other contexts, they are growing on me. Even though we
are not portraitcollectors, I am liking the mixture of feminity and masculinity they explore more and more, as well as the subtle openness and vulnerability she has deftly captured."
- DLK collector
"We pour over women’s faces all the time – they stare back at us compliantly from magazines, posters, and even on the street or in an elevator, accustomed to being looked at, perhaps even taking pride in the attention. But it’s not often that we’re given the opportunity to look into men’s faces in this intimate way. The object of an unrelenting gaze becomes vulnerable – not a traditionally flattering role for a man. Elkins' series of portraits of men could best be described as beautiful rather than rugged or handsome."
- EyeMazing Magazine, Amsterdam
"Amy Elkins portraits of men, [from the series] Wallflowers playfully sets cultural expectations of masculinity in front of floral backdrops. These extraordinarily beautiful images are simple in execution but wholly complex under their surface, often pointing towards a sense of vulnerability that is so frequently culturally masked."
- We Can't Paint
"The underlying component in the exhibit is the evident nostalgia conveyed throughout the work. The ambiguity of our memory is clearly communicated in powerful visual narratives.... [as shown in] the mysterious murkiness of Brooklyn-based artist Amy Elkins’ prints that incorporate text abundant with layered meaning."
- Place, time, house
andhome (Review of Carnegie Art Museum exhibition)