Since the photographers featured in the Local Photographer Showcases in each city are supremely talented and excited about reaching new audiences with their work, we will be regularly featuring them to give you more insight into their work and their experience Crusading. Next up is E. Brady Robinson from the DC pop-up:
Tell us a little about your background as a photographer and where you are now with your work.
E. Brady Robinson received her BFA in photography from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and her MFA in photography from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at the Orlando Museum of Art, Katzen Art Center at American University and FotoSpace DC. Select collections include: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Orlando Museum of Art and Spanish Cultural Center in Santo Domingo, DR. She is Associate Professor at UCF and maintains a studio in Orlando, Florida and Washington, DC.
Recent exhibits include 2013 Dali Photography Festival in China and American Life, Shijiazhuang Art Museum, China curated by Yan Li. Her artist website can be viewed here.
Currently, she is documenting desks of the art world. Her series Desks as Portraits: An Inside Look at the DC Art World won Grand Prize in American Life exhibit during the 2011 Lishui Photography Festival in China and was also featured in the Washington Post.
The Bund Shanghai and broadcast on Channel One Russia TV can be viewed here. Robinson is currently working on publishing a book on this series.
How did you hear about the Crusade, and what were your initial impressions?
First heard about the Crusade, through kickstarter and the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery e-marketing campaign. (I’m on your email list). I’ve followed the Crusade from the very beginning. My initial response: awesome!
Were you excited to participate in the Local Photographer Showcase? Why or why not?
The DC visit gave me an opportunity to connect with local photographers, reach out to a new audience and give back to a community, which has supported my work. DC has been good to me, I was happy to give back.
How did the event go for you? Was it like you expected or different? Better or worse?
The event was lot of fun and not outside my comfort zone. I’m into art as a social experiment and enjoy meeting new people. It was a challenge to walk up to complete strangers and try to engage. With that challenge came a huge “rate of return” – by the time I got home from the pop-up exhibit, I received two emails from “new collectors”. One thanked me for brightening up his cubicle and sent a cell phone pic of my photo posted in his office – a desk shot no other! The other email was from a former school teacher who currently works for the Department of Education. She understands the value of art education and promises to follow my work. This was beautiful!
Several other collectors arrived as a result of my posts on social media and a FB event invite created the morning of June 5th as soon you announced our location. Social media peeps who arrived and collected includes Tierney Sneeringer from the Luce Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Doug Dunlop, DC artist and former UCF colleague and Meg Clark from the Phillips Collection. Meg has previously posted about my work on the Phillip’s Collection blog. We have a friendship on Instagram and met “in person” for the 1st time on June 5th during Crusade for Collecting: DC. Ken Ashton, DC photographer arrived on bike from the Corcoran to support local photographs.
The location was ideal and iconic with the Capitol and Nat’l Monument backdrop to Lady Blue and site to the last stop of the tour. While the support from complete strangers on the mall was not unanimous – the connections made were genuine and conversations engaging. It was a beautiful day! Thanks for coming to DC Jennifer.
What do you hope will come out of the experience for you - personally and professionally? Do you think those are realistic expectations?
Honestly, I had no expectations going in – just a curiosity to see how things go down and an excitement to meet new photographers in person. (I was also happy to catch up with you in person and plant the seed to come back). I welcome the exposure to a body of work, which has not shown in its entirety in DC. Transfer was last on exhibit at The Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida. The Crusade allowed me to put it back on DC’s radar.
Tell us about the image you gave away at the event and how to see more of your work.
My work is informed by a culture of instant and mobile image capture. I use the camera to examine my environment and record fleeting moments of existence. The photograph I choose to give away titled "Purse" is from my series Transfer.
Transfer is based on the concept of the drift – Drifting draws upon pure chance and opportunity for new and authentic experiences generated by different atmospheres from urban landscapes and new places. The snapshot aesthetic is utilized as means to quickly record, document and observe.
Currently, I am working on a book of this series. It’s going into the Indie Photobook Library and will soon be available for purchase. Stay tuned!
You can view more of my work on my website: www.ebradyrobinson.com.