Nicole in Flight, 16×20″, silver gelatin print by Karen Davis
Portfolio Showcase Theme: Girls!
Selected through our International Call for Portfolios
Waiting, archival pigment print by Julia Arstorp
Fatima and sisters, 11×17″ pigment print, ed of 10 by Lora Brody
About the Artists and Their Work
Karen Marshall, Between Girls
Between Girls 2, 16×20″ by Karen Marshall
In 1985, Karen Marshall began photographing a group of teenagers in New York City. Her intent was to look at the emotional bonding that happens between girls at age 16 and document the emblematic relationships that often develop at this time in their lives.
In the fall of 1985, Marshall met Molly Brover, a bright, exuberant 16-year-old high school junior, and asked if she could photograph her and her friends. Enthusiastic to show Marshall her Upper West Side girl world, Molly agreed, and Marshall was soon privy to her ever rotating group of girlfriends, spending time with the teenagers on a regular basis and documenting the everyday rituals of their friendship.
Ten months into the project, Molly was hit by a car and killed while on vacation in Cape Cod. Marshall was devastated but resolved to keep the project going. She knew that Molly would remain 17, while the rest of them would become women, and that break in continuity among the girls inspired her to continue to document them in various ways over the years to come.
An endeavor that began with 35mm black and white photographs evolved into a 30-year meditation on friendship which expanded to include audio interviews, old school video, a three-screen channeled video, collage, and a collection of small books and ephemera that explore the archive. In 2021 the book of Between Girls was published by Kehrer Verlag in Germany.
Karen Marshall is a documentary photographer whose work examines the psychological lives of her subjects within the social landscape. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, the London Sunday Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, NPR Picture Show, GUP Magazine, Vice I_D, The Washington Post, CNN, to name a few. Her three-decade project Between Girls was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2021. Marshall is the recipient of artist fellowships and sponsorships through the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants and support from private foundations. Her photographs have been widely exhibited internationally and are part of several collections, including the Feminist Artbase at the Brooklyn Museum. Karen Marshall is Chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Karen Davis, Jazz’s World
Jazz and Friends at Zina’s Salon, silver gelatin print by Karen Davis
Jazz’s World represent a period in the 90s in Cambridge MA when friends of Karen Davis’s grown children were starting families of their own. In 1991, her daughter, Andrea, became godmother to her friend, Cherry’s, baby girl. From that time on, Davis was an invitee to many of the events in Jazzmyne’s life.
In 1997, Jazz celebrated her sixth birthday with a Princess party at Davis’s house. After ice cream and cake, Jazz and her friends packed away their crowns and gowns and headed for the sidewalk. Cherry produced the jump rope, and the games began.
Two-plus years later, it was the Sunday evening before Zina, Cherry’s friend, officially opened her new hair salon in East Cambridge. After working out of her apartment for years, Zina now had her own shop. She invited Jazz and six of her friends to come in for new hairdos. They, in return, would bring fliers to school the next day advertising Zina’s opening. Cherry invited Davis to come by. When she arrived, the girls, all in Zina T-shirts, were dancing around. Some had new hair styles, some waited their turn. Zina hung the resulting photographs of the girls with their new hairdos on a wall in her shop.
Twenty-one years later, Zina, Cherry and Davis met up at a community event. They started developing plans to round up the girls, now over thirty years old, and make new portraits of them at Zina’s salon, which is still going strong.
Photographs by Karen Davis of Hudson NY are featured at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and in the collections of Center for Photography at Woodstock; Lishui Museum of Photography (China); Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University and corporate and private collections. The second edition of her word and image book, Still Stepping: A Family Portrait, was published in 2022. She is a Critical Mass 2018 finalist and recipient of the 2009 Artists Fellowship Award-CPW. Her photographs and artist books have appeared in numerous solo and featured exhibits throughout the country.
Karen is curator/co-founder of Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson NY, now in its thirteenth year, exhibiting photography, mixed media and photobooks. She has taught Portfolio Development at Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University, Lesley University and the Griffin Museum of Photography; The Self-Published Photobook Workshop at the Griffin Museum and other photo-based and word and image art courses at the Art Institute of Boston, Tufts University’s X-College and Suffolk University.
Portfolio Showcase: Girls
Selected through our International Call for Portfolios
Julia Arstorp, Leaving
Brave, archival pigment print by Julia Arstorp
The images in Leaving by Julia Arstorp were made in collaboration with the artist’s daughter starting in 2012, at a time when Arstorp first felt her pulling away. This was the beginning of the long walk out of childhood and the realization that her daughter would, inevitably, move out and into the world without her. “I feel lucky she offered me this glimpse into her life, allowing me to feel a part of her world as she became more independent and removed from mine,” Arstorp says.
Julia Arstorp is a fine art photographer whose work explores connections found through family history, childhood memories and our natural surroundings.
Her photography has been exhibited nationally, including the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA, SE Center for Photography, the A.Smith Gallery in Texas, the Photo Place Gallery in Vermont. She received Honorable Mention in the 2020 and 2021 Julia Margaret Cameron Alternative Process Awards. Her work has been published in The Hand Magazine and is highlighted in the book, “Cyanotype Toning” published in 2021.
Based in Connecticut, Julia owned a portrait business for over 20 years. She now works solely on fine art photography, including handmade prints using historic processes.
Lora Brody, Sisterhood
Savana and Sisters, archival pigment print by Lora Brody
In Sisterhood, each of Lora Brody’s portraits represents a moment in the history of a complex and mysterious relationship. Having grown up without sisters of her own, she has always been curious about the bond between them. Brody notes that sisters have a unique relationship; they grow up in reference to one another. For a number of years, they occupy the same space in terms of dwelling and family order. They are individuals but tied by family and by life experiences, some of which they may not remember the same way.
For each photo shoot, Brody waits and watches for a revealing moment into these life-long relationships. She observes reactions and interactions – laughter, a sober look, a sly glance, a teasing gesture. Sometimes there is an intimate, face to face interaction, sometimes a broadcast of vulnerability or independence and sometimes they drift apart, each sister into her own world.
Boston-based portrait artist, Lora Brody, creates opportunities for her subjects to tell stories through self-presentation. Her images have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Harvard University, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Her pictures hang in the Boston Red Sox Corporate Office and other private collections. The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine has published her images both as cover photographs and a photo essay. Awards include a PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and the Gold Medal in the 2014 San Francisco International Photography Exhibition.
Brody, an Affiliated Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, created the Reunion Project, which uses photography and the written word to explore seniors’ self-perceptions about aging while giving them a voice to connect to younger generations.
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Portfolio Showcase 3, Memory and Dreams
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