Juliana Beasley — Schmatta
Image size: 14.5 x 14.5 inches
Paper size: 18 x 18 inches
Edition of 10, signed and numbered
American photographer Juliana Beasley takes you in close to people and places you might not otherwise approach with such intimacy. Her unflinching gaze and personal fearlessness are matched perfectly with her tightly cropped compositions and celebrations of gaudy man-made colors and every day consumer kitsch.
At first glance, one would be tempted to link her work to that of Martin Parr – the images have that same kind of lasting intensity and punch. But Beasley’s work is less judgmental, and much less prone to jab fun at her subjects. Beasley shows us people and things exactly the way they are — heightened by her artist’s eye attuned to nuance and prepared to capture the decisive moment.
Beasley’s work is the cover story of the Winter 2009 issue of the excellent European photography magazine, View
. Her work was shown in 2008, in Paris, New York, and Houston Texas; and will be presented in early 2009 at the Roma Photo Festival in Italy. She lives and works in the New York City area, and was recently awarded a prestigious New Jersey state-sponsored artists prize. Lens Culture is honored to be able to offer three of our personal favorites from her recent work in very limited editions and at very affordable prices. More info here