Monday, May 4, 2009

Zoe Strauss: Art Under I-95, 2009

© Michael T Regan Photography

- Zoe Strauss presented over 200 photos on the concrete slabs supporting I-95 yesterday in Philly. The cold and wet day was a proper fit for the 8th annual exhibit of her raw street work. What stands out about her vision is how she cuts right to the truth of society's fringes. The almost forgotten people struggling with daily life are captured with an honesty and appreciation that speaks of Zoe's ability to connect with whats real. There's no bullshit in the work. Her new book America was available (Get it HERE) and the color photocopies were still selling for $5 a piece.

- Karen Heller wrote a great piece about Zoe for The Philadelphia Inquirer: HERE

Zoe Strauss photographed under I-95 for PRIMER Magazine
© Michael T Regan Photography

- From Photo Eye's "Election Day" feature on Zoe Strauss:

"Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) was given a camera on her 30th birthday and immediately began to shoot photographs around her neighborhood in South Philly. Since then she has received a Pew fellowship (2005), been included in the Whitney Biennial (2006), was named a USA Gund Fellow (2007) and received a major grant from United States Artists. Each May for the last 8 years she has held "Under I-95," an annual exhibition of her work hung on the concrete columns beneath the Interstate highway which runs through the heart of Philadelphia. Strauss differs from most contemporary photographers in her avid embracement of the inherent reproducibility of an image, never editioning her work and selling photocopied prints for $5.00 each. In lieu of maintaining a traditional portfolio website (though she does have one), she has an incredibly active blog which chronicles her working process and acts as a showcase for many hundreds of images. Her first book, America (AMMO, 2008), was just released this week, on Election Day." MORE

© Zoe Strauss

© Zoe Strauss

© Zoe Strauss

- Next up: Zoe Strauss "Nobody Has More Winners" June 5th-June 27th at Silicon Gallery, 139 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA.
Opens Friday June 5th from 6-8.30


ZS said...

Thanks for putting that up, my man. Sorry I didn't get a chance to see you... hope you're great!

Michael T Regan said...

My pleasure Zoe. Great show. Keep it up!

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