Monday, August 27, 2007

Jeremy and Claire Weiss in a nut shell

Day19 is the photography of Jeremy and Claire Weiss. They are from Los Angeles by way of New Jersey. They have been working and photographing together for over 10 years and this is their latest project...

Day19's Portrait Project is an epic and ever-growing collection of 4x5 Polaroids capturing young American faces in an old-fashioned way.

The subjects, a cross-section of artists, writers, performers and activists, were photographed using a large format camera, which requires the subjects freeze their expressions for around 20 seconds per image. In the era of digital point-and-shoots and phone cameras, the Portrait Project takes a comparatively slow, almost lumbering approach, one that forces the subject
to re-engage. There is no hair or makeup, and no special lighting, and the result is a collection of raw, unpretentious portraits reminiscent of Depression-era Farm Security Administration photography.

"Walker Evans has always been a huge influence," says Jeremy Weiss of Day19. "His style was to just document the people, and that is what was so beautiful about it. No tricks, no art scene politics about what's hip and what's not. Just straight up documentation of people. I am so obsessed with that."

Each subject had their picture taken twice - once by Jeremy Weiss and once by Claire Weiss. There are no re-shoots, no second chances, no re-touchings.

Those photographed include artist Mel Kadel, actor Leo Fitzpatrick, musician Slash, and two-year-old baby Aya Mei Mourning Duncan. And dozens more - music producer Boom Bip, artist Sage Vaughan, actor Jack Black and Jennifer Clavin, singer with punk band Mika Miko. As word spreads, the project keeps growing ­ latest subjects are actress Daryl Hannah, rapper Mike Jones, filmmaker David Lynch and Reece, a forest ranger.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Jeremy & Claire Weiss

Opening reception Thursday, September 6th, 2007 7-10 PM
Show runs September 6th through October 6

Also, Please join us in Supporting Christopher Duncan at his solo show on September 6, 2007 5PM at the Gregory Lind Gallery with live performance by Pale Horse