Ryan Arthurs is a visual artist living in Buffalo, New York. He received his M.F.A. in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Carleton College. Ryan was a visiting professor at Carleton College, and was a photography teaching assistant at Harvard University. He was a printmaking Artist-In-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado and The Bothy Project, Isle of Eigg in Scotland.
Growing up queer in Xiamen, China, Chen found roundabout ways to explore his identity.
At an opera, “I was amazed by a performer who is actually biological female,” he said. “She would dress up like a male character and sing boldly and powerfully on stage.”
Then, “I was obsessed with video games . . . because I can change my character to female. I can also change my character to a male,” he said. “I can change my character to a non-human creature. It just gave me a lot of freedom.”
“Photography is, of course, a form of preservation, an attempt to distill and to keep. Using 19th-century technology in the 21st, I attempt to slow time and open a space for both contemporary facts and imagination.”
Laura McPhee lives alternatively in New York City and rural Idaho and teaches at the public Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
“I’ve been told that no one leaves home from an excess of happiness and comfort. One leaves, because it’s not possible to remain," said Nosenko.
Her color photography reveals quiet interiors with unexpected details, nostalgic portraits, and a wistful atmosphere.
Nosenko is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography at MassArt. She first studied design in Moscow and worked for an urban planning company before turning to event photography and portraiture.
McPhee was born in Manhattan and grew up in New Jersey. After earning a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, she started as a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. McPhee is currently exploring the desert west of the US and is best known for her works that capture complex stories about nature, geology and humankind. McPhee has won numerous awards for her work.
“At the Threshold” creates a mythologized journey beginning with emptiness and the yearning for love, eventually blossoming into tenderness and homecoming within the self. The work re-envisions the relationship between blackness and the land, moving from a story tangled up in America’s history of enslavement and forced labor, to one supplanting violence with gentleness, romance and mystery.
Professor Emeritus and acclaimed photographer Abelardo Morell spoke to The Washington Post on his life's work and how he revolutionized the ancient camera obscura.
Morell was born in Cuba and came to the United States as a teenager. Over several decades, he has established himself as a top photographer, regularly appearing in exhibitions and museum collections across the country. He is an experimentalist with a keen and often witty sense not only of the history of photography but also of the history of art.
"The mountain vista Clint Baclawski depicts in "Departure" at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is anything but serene. He inverts the mountain, he bathes it in lurid color. The image scrolls endlessly, staving off stillness."