Contact Sheet 146: Blake Fitch
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (May 15, 2008)
The images in this photographic series by Blake Fitch follow the lives of Kate, Fitch’s youngest sister, and Julia, her cousin, as they have grown from adolescence to young adults. The 10-year project captures the physical and emotional changes in the two girls in celebration of youthful beauty.
According to Fitch, “I hope to have captured the simple moments in their search for their own identity as it becomes publicly displayed–at a dance recital or simply by the way they look at themselves in the mirror–and then subsequently informs the various traits that are either incorporated or discarded on their way to becoming an adult.”
While it can be said that all works of art are in some way autobiographical, this notion seems particularly true when the subject is the artist’s family. Fitch has been able to draw out an autobiographical aspect of photography by shooting candid and intimate images of her family. And through this, has found a way to look back at her own teenage years from an adult perspective.
This catalogue includes an essay by Andy Grundberg and a curator’s commentary by Hannah Frieser.
Blake Fitch received a BFA in photography from Pratt Institute and an MS in arts administration from Boston University. She also participated in the MFA program in photography at The School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Ore.; the Center for Contemporary Art in Adeline, Texas; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, N.Y.; and Lepont Gallery in Aleppo, Syria. Her work is also featured in various permanent collections, including at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass.; George Eastman House of Photography in Rochester, N.Y.; Light Work; and the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass. She has received several awards including sponsorships from Calumet and Kodak, a Society of Photographic Education Graduate Scholarship and a Harper’s Bazaar National Talent Search Grand Prize. Her talents have further been recognized by Mamiya in Photo District News. She participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2006.