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Dates:  1968, 8 September -
Born:  US, VA, Norfolk
Active:  US
Website:  www.seanperry.com
 
  
New York-based fine-art and architectural photographer. 
  
Artist statement: 
  
Transitory
 
I have a love affair with light. My photographs are about giving viscosity to light - making light itself a three dimensional object. It is a central character in the stories I tell, offering brief passage to a world void of linear events. What remains in my images is the suspension of time or absence of consequence, leaving the echo of the places and things I have felt, not seen.
 
The Transitory series is about the discovery of something familiar offering a secret, a glimpse of it’s true nature. The images describe the space between - a physical abstraction and presence of what these structures are, versus the environment they occupy. Through themes of electricity, shadow and solidity, I have rendered static structures as symbols, displaying an unexpected beauty and graceful clarity, sentient.
 
I work with a Hasselblad camera and Tri-X film. I find the simplicity suits me, providing an ideal negative for my images and printing style. The final prints are gelatin silver, bleached and toned in various combinations of sepia, selenium, and gold. A close friend remarked my photographs seem to say, “Let me show you something you may have missed.” I believe that to be a fitting introduction to the images I make.
 
Gotham
 
This city has long been a sanctuary for those who tell stories.
 
I had dreamt of this place before ever standing in it’s grandeur... wanderings through movie sets and stages, places described in song. Not exactly New York City, but rather the imagined beginnings of fable, truth and possibility. Gotham is past and future manifest in a present displaying both simultaneously. It is a city about layers and myth - architectural, cultural, universal.
 
These images evolve my obsession with light, constructing ephemeral passage to the atmosphere of a place felt, not seen.
 
For this series I primarily work with plastic cameras using Tri-X film. I prefer the simple design and their unexpected nature has a mystery of it’s own. The small profile offers anonymity and the ability to be invisible while discovering images. The final prints are platinum/palladium on hand coated cotton paper from enlarged negatives.

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Education
 
Berklee College of Music, Boston Massachusetts. 1985-1988
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions
 
2007 • The Built Environment, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas
2006 • The Abstract, The Concrete, The Electrical, Stephen Clark Gallery, Austin, Texas
2005 • Transitory, D. Berman Gallery, Austin. (two person w/George Krause)
2003 • work 2003, Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas.
 
Selected Group Exhibitions
 
2007 • AIPAD 27th Annual Photography Show - w/Stephen Clark Gallery, 7th Regiment Armory, New York City
2007 • 20th Annual National Works On Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
2007 • Creatures, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2006 • AIPAD 26th Annual Photography Show - w/Stephen Clark Gallery, 7th Regiment Armory, New York City
2006 • 2006 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2005 • 10th Annual Photographic Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington
2005 • 48th Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of Art, Center for Visual Arts, Chautauqua, New York
2005 • 11th Annual Texas National Exhibition, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
2004 • 13th Annual Photography Exhibition, The Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
2004 • International Photographic Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, Colorado
2004 • 18th Annual International Juried Show, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey
2004 • 47th Annual International Award Exhibition, San Diego Arts Institute, San Diego, California
2004 • 17th Annual National Works On Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
2004 • Small Works the 27th Annual National Exhibition, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois
2004 • 7th Annual National Art Exhibition, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas
2003 • 12th Annual Photography Exhibition, The Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
2003 • Birds, Concordia University, Austin
2001 • 55 Texas Artists, Gallery Lombardi, Austin
 
Selected Awards
 
2007 • Nominee for 2007 Santa Fe Prize for Photography – Selected participant, Review Santa Fe
2006 • Honorable Mention, 2006 International Photo Awards, Los Angeles, California
2006 • Featured Artist, Collectors’ Print Program, Texas Photographic Society
2006 • Featured Artist, Architecture, Graphis 2006 Photo Annual, International Journal of Visual Communication, New York City
2006 • Selected participant, Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe Center for Photography, New Mexico
2005 • Honorable Mention, 11th Annual Texas National Exhibition, Stephen F. Austin State University
2005 • Top Ten Artists of 2004, Austin Chronicle, Austin
2004 • Honorable Mention, 2004 Golden Light Awards, New York City
2004 • Best in Show, 13th Annual Photography Exhibition, The Hubbard Museum, New Mexico
2004 • Honorable Mention, 13th Annual Photography Exhibition, The Hubbard Museum, New Mexico
2004 • First Place, 7th Annual National Art Exhibition, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas
2004 • Third Place, 47th Annual National Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
2003 • First Place, 12th Annual Photography Exhibition, The Hubbard Museum, New Mexico
2003 • Second Place, 12th Annual Photography Exhibition, The Hubbard Museum, New Mexico
2001 • Best in Show, Gallery Lombardi, Austin
 
Selected Collections
 
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
The Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
The Charles W. Moore Center for The Study of Place, Austin, Texas
Lamar Dodd Museum, LaGrange, Georgia 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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