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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Steve Giovinco

Dates:  1961, 31 August -
Born:  US, NY, Tarrytown
Active:  US
Website:  www.stevegiovinco.com
 
  
Contemporary American photographer. 
  
Artist statement: 
  
In my photographs of people and landscapes I strive to capture moments of mystery, lyricism and longing. My recent work focuses on three areas: intimate, emotional relations between couples using myself and others in diaristic images based on my personal life; psychologically charged portraits; and lyrical landscapes. I am particularly interested in darkly lit nightscapes and late afternoon light because they seem to reveal an emotional resonance. I am fascinated by the idea that a photograph can be a simultaneously tangible yet ethereal reflection of the world.
 
Painting and cinema form the core sources of inspiration, particularly the films of Italian neo-realists Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Ermanno Olmi, Michelangelo Antonioni (especially L’Avventura, La Notte, and L’Eclisse) and French film maker Robert Bresson for their naturalness; the German films of Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, for their emotionality.
 
This is my working method: for portraits/self portraits, my subjects are never really sure of when the picture is being taken so they behave naturally; I participate, enter the picture frame, and slightly re-dramatize scenes of daily life. For night landscapes, it’s often too dark to see so I point the camera intuitively. Using the digital camera’s small viewing screen (rather than its viewfinder) has more in common with moving pictures since the image can be played back immediately, reviewed or discarded. Later, the image is edited—sometimes making dozens of minor color corrections—to create a print that retains great detail but sometimes has a quality that looks curiously un-photographic. The result is an image that appears traditional but is really a reworking of the medium: often I don’t see what is being photographed, but rather, intuit it.
 
(Steve Giovinco, November 2007)

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Education
 
1989 Yale University, New Haven, MFA, Photography
1987 New York University, New York, M.A. Interactive Telecommunications Program
1982 Washington University, Saint Louis, B.A. History/Literature
 
Selected solo exhibitions
 
2007 Eclipse: Recent Photographs, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
2005 Ambient Life, VELAN Center for Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy
2003 Photographs , University of the Arts, Philadelphia
2002 Myth of the Real, Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio
2002 Self Portraits, Acme Art, Columbus, Ohio
2001 Myth of the Real, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California
2001 Myth of the Real, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
1995 New Photographs, University of Missouri, Gallery 201, Saint Louis
1995 New Photographs, University of California, Berkeley Extension, San Francisco
1995 New Images, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon
1994 New Photographs, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York
1994 Recent Photographs, Blue Sky Gallery. Portland, Oregon
 
Selected group exhibitions
 
2007 Group Show, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
2006 Ink/Miami Basel, Jim Kempner Fine Art
2006 Group Show, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
2005 Ripe for Picking: Fruit and Flowers, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
2005 Group Show, Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
2004 Outside, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York (With Sharin Neshat, Olafur Eliasson, and Stephen Shore)
2004 Internacional, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
2004 Summer Show, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
2003 Photographs by 7 Contemporary Artists, Jim Kempner Fine Art. New York
2003 Night., Schnieder Gallery. Chicago
2003 Home, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada (With Jeff Wall and Sam Taylor-Wood)
2002 Benefit Auction, Renaissance Society, Chicago
2001 Summer Cum Lauder, Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston
2000 Recent Acquisitions, Brooklyn Museum, New York
2000 The End, Exit Art, New York
2000 Flatfiles, Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York
2000 Spring Auction, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
1999 Female, Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York (Curated by Vince Aletti)
1999 Changing Faces, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
1997 Group Work, Art Exchanges Show, New York
1997 Group Work, Art Exchanges Show, New York
1995 Home is Where…, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
1995 Body Photographic. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
1995 Suburbia, Art in General, New York
1995 Whateva, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York (With Chuck Close, Sally Mann)
1994 Verisimilitude & the Utility of Doubt, White Columns, New York (Curated by Greg Crewdson)
1994 Group Show, Exit Art, New York
1994 Images ’94, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
1994 Group Show, University of Eastern New Mexico, Portales, New Mexico
1994 Photowork ’94, Barrett House. Poughkeepsie, New York
1994 National Show, West Beth Gallery, New York
1994 One Hundred Years of Street Photography, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
 
Fellowships and Awards
 
2002 Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship. Saratoga Springs, New York
2001 Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship. Saratoga Springs, New York
2000 Web Site design awards. Various locations
1995 Newman Gallery Award. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1993 Photoworks ’93 Prize. New Haven, Connecticut
1992 Invented Camera. Hand-Held 8”x8” format. New York
1989 Yale University Scholarship. New Haven, Connecticut
 
Collections
 
Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, New York
Butler Institute of Art. Youngstown, Ohio
California Museum of Photography. Riverside, California
Lowe Art Museum. Miami, Florida
The VELAN Center for Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy
Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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