Call and Response; an exploration in photography and writing


Call and Response; an exploration in photography and writing

The impetus for this project is to explore connections between the language of photography and writing, which has been an enduring interest and subject of my work for some time now. In such an abundantly creative and active artist community as Philadelphia, I saw an opportunity to expand my exploration of the subject and participation within the community by inviting other artists—visual artists and writers—to participate in a dialogue with one another’s work. 

Beginning in April 2015, I shared one of my photographs with a writer and asked them to create a text that in some way responded to that image.  That text was then passed on to another visual artist (particularly artists that use photography in their work), who responded, in turn, with an image, and so on. As described by a fellow artist, it was like an anonymous game of ‘telephone.’  The only instructions: the identity of participating artists would not be shared with their fellow contributors during the process, and participants must respond within a timely four to six weeks. There were no other parameters or restrictions. Participating artists were aware that their contributions would ultimately be presented in a book and/or an exhibition. Two years later, the project has amassed contributions from 30 artists, all chosen by me, and resulted in a rich dialogue between artists, images and text.

With the utmost gratitude and thanks to all that offered their creative responses to this project:
Jaime Alvarez, Jordan Baumgarten, Andre Bradley, Nancy Brokaw, Doug Bohr, Stephanie Bursese, John Carlano, Christina Day, Becky Huff Hunter, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Matt Kalasky, Homay King, Isabel Lederman, June Yong Lee,JenMarie MacDonald, Anne Massoni, Samantha Mitchell, Jena Osman, Catherine Pancake, Jordan Rockford, Ron Tarver, Nato Thompson, Jennah White, Yolanda Wisher, Tamsen Wojtanowski, Linda Yun