These intensely personal and up-close portraits of draft horses that serve the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the Army’s oldest active infantry regiment known as “The Old Guard,” reveal a powerful human connection to these honored animals. Using only the natural light that reaches into the stalls, photographer Charlotte Dumas captures the horses as they relax and move towards sleep after a day of work.
“The bond between mankind and animals, and the extensive history that it accompanies, is my greatest interest,” says Dumas. Using her standard 80mm lens on medium format film, she seeks to express how humans “use and regard animals for our own purposes, literally and symbolically.” Dumas travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals, not just horses, characterizing them by their utility, social function, or by the way they relate to people. Her goal is to engender a visual relationship, so that the portrait makes us more conscious of how we look at animals in our everyday lives.
Anima was photographed in 2012 on two separate visits to Washington, D.C. The exhibition is comprised of several grand and impressive images, as well as a poignant video work portraying the animals as they drift in and out of sleep. Five additional works from Dumas’ past projects accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition is organized by Julie Saul Gallery, New York, Silver Eye, and was commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Home is both the place you live and the place where you used to live. It is your family and your neighborhood and your city. You may look forward to going home all day long, or even when you haven’t been there in years, you still may have no plans to visit. Home is a complicated place.
The seven artists in this exhibition use photography to explore different notions about home as a physical place with deep emotional connections. In doing so they show us an extraordinary range of feelings toward home: tenderness, anxiety, love, and heartache. Perhaps photography is the ideal medium to express these feelings about home because of its ability to depict complicated things, in the most straightforward way, like a family portrait.
The exhibition is organized by David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, and Dylan Vitone, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, and Silver Eye board member.
Fellowship 15 will feature one International Award winner and one Keystone Award winner selected by a juror from our open call for entries.
Now in its 15th year, Fellowship, our international photography competition, recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.
This year's juror is Allison Grant, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
Awards include a $3,000 cash prize and solo exhibition for one International Award winner and a $1,000 cash award and spotlight exhibition for one Keystone Award winner, reserved for a Pennsylvanian artist.
The call for entries is currently open. Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 13, 2014, 11:59:59 pm EST.
Find the full call for entries and make your submission online here: www.silvereye.org/fellowship15.