As founders of Nymphoto, we selected work of female photographers who use their talents to creatively examine the multiple complexities of life: the theoretical, political, social, and personal.
Sara Appelgren's View of a Passing Landscape series highlights an interest in the ways we are affected by our surrounding environment, and how we interpret that perception. By including the window frame in these images, she emphasizes the frame and our relationship to it. Sara communicates that what we are looking at is art and yet what is inside the frame consists of a very familiar and beautiful landscape. The way we interpret and understand this scenery is at the core of her work.
In her photo cutouts, Andrea Chung examines the exploitative nature and history of the Caribbean tourist industry. She asks us to ponder the idealization projected by tourist advertisements. By cutting out the Caribbean character or personality in each image, the viewer is forced to confront this absence. This empty, yet very deliberate cutout ironically lends power to the void in her work, the Caribbean culture.
LaToya Ruby Frazier intimately explores her family's intergenerational lineage through her black and white portraits. Her images are so very personal and touching, you can barely feel her presence as a photographer. It's as if you are literally a voyeur in her family members' lives. You feel their calm, their pain, and their nostalgia. It is transcendent.
Tiana Markova-Gold's in-depth series about the life of a prostitute in America is both compelling and sensitive. The viewer can easily immerse herself/himself into the daily struggles of this woman because Markova-Gold, as a documentarian, has seemingly built an honest and dedicated relationship with her subject. As a result, her unbiased depictions encourage dialogue, discourse, and a hope of change.
The notion of the frame, and what is framed connects the work of these four women photographers. Sara and Andrea use the frame as a conceptual tool-including a frame within the fame or cutting silhouettes from the frame. Frazier and Markova-Gold, on the other hand, delicately select what content makes up the frame (family, prostitution), which lends contextual significance to their work.
Candace Gottschalk received her M.A. from New York University/International Center of Photography. She is a photographer, writer and mother. Candace has exhibited her work in various group shows at galleries such as OK Harris Gallery, Artists Space, Jen Bekman Gallery and Sasha Wolf Gallery. Candace is a founder of Nymphoto, a collective of women in photography.