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Harry Newman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT:
Most of my photography relates to the natural world, particularly the decay, breakdown and transformation of plant life and soil. I'm interested in what's hidden, lost or overlooked.

Some series, like Last Woods, look at these processes in the larger environment, in that case, the forests and wooded areas of the Northeast US and the decay of leaves and ground cover, which echoes the greater changes in those areas coming from climate change. Other series bring those interests indoors. The photos of de-composition examine changes in common flowering houseplants -- the plant life furthest from the natural world, yet our closest contact with it -- as they wither and decompose. In many ways, it's a meditation on mortality and loss. My most recent series, Littoral, consists of photos taken along seashores, capturing patterns in the sand that emerge and disappear in response to the shifting water of the tides. With all my work, as little as possible is done with the photographs in processing afterwards. There's almost no retouching of the images, and no adjustment of color or tone. I believe strongly that the image has to be in the camera.

Trained in Chemistry and Mathematics at MIT, I began working with photography just a few years ago. Since 2011, Iíve had one solo show (at the Mulberry Library in Nolita) and my work has been included in seven or eight group shows in the city, including the show Earth at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn (June/July 2013) and at two galleries in fall 2013 as part of the citywide art event, CurateNYC and most recently in September 2014 at the Climate Force Benefit for the People's Climate March. My photos have been acquired for the permanent collections of arts organizations including Dave Bown Projects, Avi Gitler/Gitler & ______, and the Williamsburg Arts and Historical Center, and can be found in private collections around the U.S.

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