Mary Frey

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Shortlist Aperture Paris Photo Photography Award 2017

"When Mary FREY began photographing family, friends and strangers in her immediate environment in 1979, she was in a state of transition. Studies finished, first teaching assignment, pregnant - responsibilities, duties, worries - and the need to look for meaning in everyday life. After a childhood in the sense of an imminent nuclear catastrophe, in an America where lifestyle magazines and television give directions how the BRAVE NEW WORLD should look and function.

Mary FREY has made strange pictures. Technically perfect, between snapshot and enactment, intimacy and distance. Charged banalities with children, adolescents and adults, middle class, USA, 35 years ago. No reportage, a psychogram. Stockphotos that no magazine would have printed, no agency would have used for a campaign. Weird.

In the end, Raymond CARVER asks: 'Would I live my life over again? Make the same unforgiveable mistakes?'
And as Raymond CARVER in words Mary FREY answers with her pictures:YES." (publisher's note)

About the photographer, Mary FREY:
Mary FREY received her MFA in photography from Yale University in 1979. Since then, she has been on the faculty of the Hartford Art School and is currently Professor of Photography. Frey received numerous awards for her work, most notably a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 and two photography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980 and 1992. She was the recipient of a Te Foundation Fellowship in 2004.
During the 1994 – 95 academic year Mary FREY was the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and in the spring of 2001 she completed an artist’s residency at the Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland. Her work has been exhibited extensively and is part of many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Chicago Art Institute and the International Polaroid Collection.
Much of FREY’s work addresses the nature of the documentary image in contemporary culture. Currently she is working with the 19th century wet plate collodion process, producing ambrotypes on black glass.
FREY's work is represented by Gallery 291 in San Francisco.

"Als Mary FREY 1979 begann, Familie, Freunde und Fremde in ihrer unmittelbaren Umgebung zu fotografieren, war sie selbst im Stadium des Übergangs. Studium beendet, erster Lehrauftrag, schwanger – Verantwortung, Pflichten, Sorgen – und die Notwendigkeit, im Alltag nach Sinn zu suchen. Nach einer Kindheit im Gefühl der drohenden nuklearen Katastrophe, in einem Amerika, in dem Lifestyle-Magazine und Television zeigen, wie die SCHÖNE NEUE WELT aussehen und funktionieren soll.

Eigenartige Bilder hat Mary FREY gemacht. Technisch perfekt, an der Schnittstelle zwischen Snapshot und Inszenierung, Intimität und Distanz, aufgeladene Alltäglichkeiten mit Kindern, Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen, Middle Class, USA, vor 35 Jahren.
Keine Reportage, ein Psychogramm. Stockphotos, die kein Magazin gedruckt, die keine Agentur für eine Kampagne verwendet hätte. Weird.

Am Ende fragt Raymond CARVER: 'Would I live my life over again? Make the same unforgiveable mistakes?'
Und wie Raymond CARVER in Worten antwortet Mary Frey mit ihren Bildern:
YES." (publisher's note)

Über die Fotgrafin, Mary FREY:
Mary FrREY schloss ihr Studium an der Yale University im Jahr 1979 ab und arbeitet heute als Professorin für Fotografie an der Hartford Art School.
Mary FREY hat zahlreiche Auszeichnungen erhalten, darunter ein Guggenheim Fellowship im Jahr 1984, zwei Fellowships vom National Endowment for the Arts und eine von der Te Foundation.
Ihre Arbeiten werden international ausgestellt und befinden sich in verschiedenen Sammlungen, darunter in The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Chicago Art Institute and The International Polaroid Collection.