About the Project:
The talk will focus on Price’s ongoing series Stranger Lives - a typology of sunbathing New Yorkers on the stretch of sand between Coney Island and Brighton Beach between 2008 and 2015.
Shot from above with a Mamiya RZ 6x7 Camera and Kodak Portra film, these sharply focused portraits encourage you to stare, to wonder and to fantasize about the lives of strangers. The scars, veins and wrinkles on the skin, the pattern on the blanket, the style and placement of shoes and accessories, all can be read as signifiers of identity, class, and desire within a life beyond the frame. And yet without an offered horizon, our eyes remain hovered above the flat, splayed out sunbathers, in specimen-like observation.
About the Photographer:
Caitlin Teal Price received her BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2002, and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2009. She has exhibited in galleries both nationally and abroad and her work is part of numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, CA. Her work has been published frequently in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week and The Washington Post Magazine. She currently teaches photography at American University and Capricious Books will release her forthcoming monograph, Stranger Lives, in November 2016.