Preview: Andrea Modica: Best Friends, 339 Gallery, Philadelphia

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm


Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT

One of our favorites, Andrea Modica is back with a series of “friends” portraits in platinum.

The interaction between the friends, the physical and fashion similarities/contrasts, and the way the students reacted to Modica, provided an opportunity to look at friendship and sense of self among adolescents today, as well as how they differ between countries.

Capitalizing on the slow, interactive nature of 8×10 portraiture, Modica was able to penetrate some of the defensive masks and behaviors of the students to show fragments of who they are as friends and individuals. Beyond the obvious surface information (physical opposites drawn together; mirrored pairs who have found each other), Modica’s images let us see things like the bravado which has slipped for one boy, yet remains intact for his friend, or the defensive, protective pose one girl takes on behalf of the other. Notably, Modica is able to reveal elements of the personal, which elevate the pictures well beyond social observation. The subjects engage us as individuals, and through that connection we are briefly drawn into the complexity, anxiety and excitement of adolescent life.

Now through July 21, 2012

For more information: Gallery 339

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