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Vision and Expression @ Barcelona

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Pandemic Shadows 116

Laurie says:

I am in a marvelous exhibition at the Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona, curated by Zsolt Bátori, from April 3-10, 2024.

Zsolt chose two of my Pandemic Shadows photographs; one taken in Estonia, one taken in Berkeley.

Although photography initially emerged as a technological invention, it quickly evolved into an expressive artistic practice. Pictorialist photographs from the nineteenth century were crafted to resemble paintings, while proponents of straight photography in the early twentieth century aimed for a purely photographic approach to conveying meaning. Street photographers dedicated the medium to capturing fleeting moments, and in the latter part of the twentieth century, many photographers embraced staging and directing to employ photography as a means of artistic visual communication. Straight photography derives expressive meaning from the observed scene, while directorial, or staged photography involves creating a scene based on a preconceived notion. Art photography today encompasses various genres and creative practices, ranging from portraiture, landscape, and still life to staged, abstract, and conceptual photography. More recently, AI-generated photo-based images have also asserted their presence in the art photography scene. In this exhibition, contemporary photographers demonstrate their understanding of photography as an expressive fine art practice in the twenty-first century. (Curated by Zsolt Bátori.)

This PH21 Gallery exhibition is presented in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, in collaboration with Valid World Hall Gallery, a renowned centre for the visual arts.

Pandemic Shadows 132

I was particularly pleased to be in this exhibition, because the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s is a strong influence on my work, though not always an obvious one. 132 is an indoor shadow taken in Estonia, and 116 was taken in a walk around Berkeley.

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Pandemic Shadows in Feminine Moments

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Laurie says:

Birthe Havemoeller has published the internet magazine Feminist Moments for about 20 years from Denmark. She just published “New Works by Laurie Toby Edison” featuring four photographs from Pandemic Shadows. I am still finding interesting shadows occasionally, for a project I thought was finished.

She is also a superb photographer and I wrote about her here.

Below are the photographs and the text I wrote for Birthe. I strongly recommend looking at the rest of the magazine as well – it’s remarkable.

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Autumn leaves and shadows (Pandemic Shadows 112)
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I walk & live in the shadow of the pandemic while photographing Pandemic Shadows everywhere. I make beauty in hard times. I started this in the lockdown and continued until very recently. It’s just about finished now. I’ve been a photographer since my late 40s. My latest project started in the lockdown looking for things to photograph. It’s my first project that didn’t involve model cooperation. It’s been very revelatory as a photographic experience.

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Leaves and branches (Pandemic Shadows 116)
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My books of photographs are “Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes” and “Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes” (all edited by Debbie Notkin). My photographs have been exhibited in many cities, including New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Toronto, Boston, London, Shanghai, Seoul and San Francisco. My solo exhibition “Meditations on the Body” at the National Museum of Art in Osaka featured 100 photographs from all three of my photographic suites. My latest completed project is “Women of Japan“, clothed portraits of women from many cultures and backgrounds.

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Berkeley flowers and leaves (Pandemic Shadows 126)
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I most recently had Pandemic Shadows photos exhibited in ‘Light & Shadow,’ at the Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona. Photographs from other projects in their permanent collection were featured in “Crossing Borders,” the inaugural show of Gallery Terra-S at Kyoto Seika University.

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Sidewalk lines (Pandemic Shadows 115)
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I’m an activist on body image and other social justice issues. I blog with Debbie Notkin at Body Impolitic http://laurietobyedison.com/body-impolitic-blog/, talking about body image, photography, art and related issues.

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