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Photographs and a Conversation

 Emily Louise Smith: Why tintypes? Harry Taylor: Historic processes create one-of-a-kind artifacts. At a recent show, someone of obvious culture and age grabbed me by the arm and said, “This is amazing, where did you find them?” I replied,…
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Paintings and a Conversation

Emily Louise Smith: What does the term folk, or outsider, artist mean to you, and do you define yourself that way? Harry Underwood: I don’t think of that label as having anything to do with my vision or how I…
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Message from the Gyre

These photographs of albatross chicks were made on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the north Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted…
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My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild,” how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and to alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We…
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Quiet Zone: A Photographic Portfolio

  (A sign in an abandoned school library in New Orleans) I have a standard lecture I give in photography classes called “All Photos Lie.” The conceit is that any photographic image can only be a poor approximation of “reality,”…
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Eight Drawings

The sense of foreboding tinged with playful fantasy, characteristic of many of my photographs, is mimicked in a suite of complex, layered compositions in ink, graphite, paint, and other materials sandwiched between sheets of mylar and plexiglass. Mimicking the layering…
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Eight Paintings by Joan Snyder

Born April 16, 1940 in Highland Park, New Jersey, Joan Snyder received her AB from Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey (1962) and an MFA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (1966). She was the recipient of a National…