LAURA PANNACK: THROUGH WORK AND PLAY

Laura Pannack is a London-based, award-winning photographer. Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary artwork, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer. Driven by research-led, self-initiated projects, Pannack seeks to fully understand the lives of those she captures on film in order to portray them as truthfully as possible. Perceiving ‘time, trust and understanding’ to be the key elements to achieving this, many of her projects develop over several years.

Heaven and Cyanide, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Pannack gained a degree in editorial photography at the University of Brighton; studied a foundation course in painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art, London; and studied a foundation course at London College of Communication.

Dedicated to developing strong relationships with her subjects, Laura Pannack’s work is always a collaborative endeavour between artist and sitter. Her selected portrait, shot on Nikon, is part of a series she worked on at the very start of her career called The Untitled, which marked the beginning of her interest in youth culture. The project aims to challenge the sweeping generalisations and often negative perceptions of teenagers held by many, by capturing the individuality of each of her subjects.

She works commercially and on self initiated personal projects, her subjects often being young people and teenagers. In addition to her own practice, Pannack lectures, critiques and teaches at universities, workshops and festivals around the world, and in 2015, judged the portrait category in World Photo Press Awards in Amsterdam. Pannack has also been widely published, both commercially and as a photographic artist, with work appearing in The British Journal of Photography, Hotshoe International, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent Review and Creative Review.

Mouldy and Carla, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Time Has Arrived, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Shay, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

"My work aims to tell and inspire stories. I want to connect and emotionnaly engage with you."

— Laura Pannack

The photographer works with analogue photography and continues to shoot with a film camera on her personal projects. By using traditional methods of working from negatives, as well as shooting with polaroid, she finds beauty in the mistakes that come from working with unpredictable material.

The Prints available on ThePrintAtelier are C Type Digital.

Youth series

I needed to escape, to begin an adventure in my search for meaningful answers. The country’s hazy purple evening light and untouched land allowed me to gather my thoughts. I began to think about how I could visually explore the idea of life and death, that is when I stumbled across the folk tale ‘Youth Without Age and Life Without Death.”

Pannack has created a body of work which is a poetic collision of reality and fantasy. Symbols and cues are playfully introduced and encourage the viewer to embark on their own journey. The series presents a combination of still life, landscapes and portraits shot on expired film.

Her recent project Separation explores the angst and myriad emotions experienced by London-based couples who, as a result of Brexit, have been forced to contemplate separation. With Britain soon to sever its ties with the European Union, tens of thousands of people face the possibility of losing their right to work in the UK, not to mention being forced out of the country that they share with their partner.

All For The Love not the dough, LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Chayla” (John Kobal Award), LAURA PANNACK, available at theprintatelier.com

© Laura Pannack, courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery

Awards and Honours

Pannack’s work has been extensively exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, including at The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, PAD Paris, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Festival Hall and the Houses of Parliament. Notable group shows include the “Terry O’Neill Photography Award’ group whow, Humble Arts’ 31 Women in Art Photography’ and ”The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize’ group show in both 2009 and 2014. Her solo show, ‘A Collection’ was presented at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, and her acclaimed solo show was exhibited with Francesca Maffeo Gallery in October 2016.

She received much acclaim and won numerous awards, among which are the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2018, Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie Prize 2017, John Kobal Award in 2014, the Best in Show award at 2010′ Foto8 and first place in the Portrait Singles at the World Photo Press Awards in the same year.

More recently, she was awarded the Getty Prestige Grant for her project, Youth Without Age, Life Without Death, a photographic exporation of the fragility of life. This body of work is concerned with themes of time, journeys and the cycle of life and death. Set in the Romanian landscape and created over the past four years it takes inspiration fro a local folk tale, following the story of a young prince on his quest for eternal life. The work sensitively respondws to the strong role that folklore pays within Romanian culture.

"For me, a compelling portrait is one that provokes emotions and encourages an attachment. I like the idea of a threaded connection from subject, to photographer, to viewer – one that flows effortlessly and connects all three."

— Laura Pannack


Andrea Modica the Intimacy of Time

ANDREA MODICA: THE INTIMACY OF TIME AND SPACE

Andrea Modica is a renowned photographer based out of Philadelphia. Her works extends from landscape, still life, even baseball to famously large scale camera portraitures. Juggling between the known and the unknown by addressing a variety of themes and individuals, Andrea Modica blurs the limits of time and space while offering the audience photographs with infinite possibilities.

Andrea Modica was born in Brooklyn, New-York, and now lives in Philadelphia. She teaches photography at Drexel University & the International Center of Photography in addition to being a renowned and acclaimed photographer internationally. She first wanted to be a painter and entered the Brooklyn Museum Art School with a painting career in mind.  Fascinated by abstract expressionism since her young age, it’s at Purchase College, the State University of New-York that she took on photography classes and officially decided to swap her brushes against a camera.

Determined to be an artist ‘no matter what‘, she studied platinum printing with Yale School of Art teacher Jed Devine, already intrigued by the alternative printing processes.

Andrea Modica was primarily largely recognized for the Barbara and Treadwell series.

It is in 1986 that Andrea met Barbara and her large family of 14 children. Young, full of ambition and far from the urban environments to which she was accustomed, Andrea developed an interest for this rural family both personally and professionally. After a fifteen years relationship, the entire group became the subject of an important number of works appearing in the Treadwell & Barabra monographs. In October 2007, Barbara died of severe diabetes, leaving behind a great friendship and a generous photo registry.

Treadwell traces the life of this rural family from childhood to adulthood using the big 8×10 ” camera Modica is known for. The platinum print series, created in a editions of 20, offer a poetic and poignant reality resulting from an evolutive practice created by the intimacy developed between both the artist and her subjects.

Like the girls' school, like the halfway house, like the town Sicily, like Barbara and her family, it's a group of people that let me come back and photograph again and again. Which is what I do.

— Andrea Modica

BETWEEN TRADITION AND PHYSICALITY

Andrea Modica creates her photographs using an 8×10 camera and Kodak Tri-x films. Of a size and a considerable weight, the artist camera allows her to consider photography from a meditative angle as she can focus on precision and minutia with her subjects.

Far from being reluctant to the temporal consequences that such a device can impose, she rather embraces this slow and deliberate process and benefits from its intimate feel. 

Modica’s photographs are the result of a hand-coated platinum process method performed by herself in her darkroom studio. Using 8×10 platinum palladium print by contact, printed on transparent vellum paper or graphic layout paper, trimmed and then affixed to an 11×14 archival drawing paper, the photographs are unique, being a part of a meticulous technic used in the 19th century and guaranteeing life span of a thousand years. The hand-coated platinum process nevertheless promises rich tones, spectacular visual effect and a unique result.

Still attached to the darkroom process, Andrea Modica works for hours in solitary, she is attached to the fulfillment that comes from such a traditional method.

 

'' The camera is big and heavy and the process is slow and deliberate, permitting information to unfold before the lens. The results remain suprising and endlessly interesting to me. ''

— Andrea Modica

Caeser Fresian, Tenectomy of the long digital extension tendon, 2014. Upcoming is a book of photographs made at a horse clinic in Italy, titled Discipline Equestri.

Whatever she photographs, she also feels it. Horrified, delighted, surprised, the intensity and uncertainty required by Modica’s technical process stands out of the documentary aspect of photography. The entire narrative of the photographs is rarely precised or revealed making us wonder about possible contexts, subjects. The artist however juxtaposes beauty and meaning, tension over simplicity, sensuality on darkness creating this way a never ending dialogue between her audience and the images.

EXHIBITIONS AND DISTINCTIONS

Andrea Modica is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fullbright Scholar  and is also the recipient of the Akron Art Museum’s 2015 Knights Purchase Award which recognizes the achievements of a living artist who made or is still making major contributions in the field of photography.

Her photographs have been parts of an impressive amounts of solo and group exhibitions, especially at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts.

She’s also been featured in  many magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Newsweek and American Photo.

You can find Modica’s photographs in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Her books include Treadwell, Minor League, Barbara, Human Being, Foutain and most recently As We Wait. Her most recent monograph is a collection of portraits of Mummer Wenches, titled January 1.

'' Sometimes something is so frightening I must look at it this closely or dismiss it altogether. Sometimes it's so stunningly beautiful I feel completely left out. With either extreme, photographing makes me have to deal with it. ''

— Andrea Modica