paul weiner, finalist of the may 2017 edition
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Paulo Weiner's photos have been shown in 145 regional and 112 national juried shows, as well as 60 curated exhibitions. The Artist Portraits have appeared in Photographer’s Forum, Photo Review and Photo Metro and have won 81 awards, including 1st place in three national photo contests and Best in Show in all media in four juried art competitions. Paul has received a MCC Artist Grant in 2005, a LEF foundation grant and three Somerville Arts Council grants. He has been invited to talk on two Cable TV shows, as well as a local radio station. Paul also juried several photographic shows and curated a 22 artist show at the New Art Center in Newton, MA and an 8 artist show at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
Project Statement, The Artist Portraits
In Paul Weiner's words: "I am interested in how we as individuals create a personal identity, through the use of possessions and environment. With our choice of 'props' we communicate to the world what parts we are playing. I have an ongoing photographic series illustrating the private creative world of artists. The series both functions as a document recording the environment in which each artist creates their art, as well as an artistic interpretation of what goes on in the artist's mind at the time of creation.
The documentary aspect has proved very useful even over the short period in which I have been making these portraits. People who never come to open studio events do not often appreciate the many tools or props that are used to create the artwork and inspire the artist or even the conditions in which the art is created. These portraits take the open studio a step further, visually and emotionally integrating the artist with their own creative processes.
The surreal representation of artist and their work in these portraits emphasizes the theatricality inherent in this process.
Each of my images is a single exposure, lit only by shining an ordinary flashlight beam over the subjects in a darkened room. Each artist portrait exposure takes 15-30 minutes. There are no darkroom or computer manipulations involved in making the prints."