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Posted by The Center on February 1, 2010

(Photo Credit: Closet Studio by Nathanael Turner)

“I met Larson while I was living on Barton Street in the 19th ward of Rochester. I call, find out where he is, and drive across the river. I am artificial. I am willingly forced into something that I do not merge with. The camera creates a divide, and although I sometimes break across that line and become a participant, I am never fully a part of his life … The Closet Studio gives Larson a voice. His words are captured and projected out into the world. It is this need to communicate that ties our lives together.”

Nathanael Turner’s photograph, Closet Studio from his Larson series, was selected for the Center’s  “New Visions” exhibition. In this series, Turner often turns his camera directly at his subject, who–as alluded to in the series’ title–is identified as Larson. Symbolically, Turner also examines his subject’s existence by picturing Larson’s surroundings, home, and neighborhood.

More images from the Larson series:

(Photo Credit: Nathanael Turner)

(Photo Credit: Nathanael Turner)

More of Nathanael’s work can be found at:

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Posted by The Center on January 16, 2010

(Photo credit: The First League Out by Eileen Kennedy)


Tax lawyer-turned-photographer, Eileen Kennedy takes photographs that ask questions about life outside the office. Her series Beyond Success depicts her husband as he prepares to retire from decades of working in law. The resulting images analyze her husband’s condition with an intimacy and immediacy representative of their enduring relationship.

In an excerpt from Kennedy’s artist statement, she describes the threefold-relationship between herself, her husband, and her camera:

As a spouse, I try to probe, listen and empathize. As an artist, my challenge has been to give visual expression to this tension. My working method varies. At times I have used a straight documentary approach, recording the moment or capturing the routine that may soon disappear. At other times, I take a more narrative approach, staging a situation that, although fictitious, is grounded in honest emotions. In both cases, I use the details of an individual life to evoke what I see as a quandary that many of our contemporaries (fifty-and-sixty-somethings) are facing.

This “contemporary what-to-do-with-my-life quandary” is something Kennedy faced subsequent to her own retirement from law. Photography has given her the ability to ask questions and, more appropriately, it has provided her with an outlet through which to analyze her life and the lives of those around her.

(Photo credit: Eileen Kennedy. From the Beyond Success series.)

(Photo credit: Eileen Kennedy. From the Beyond Success series.)

More of Eileen’s work can be found at

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