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Anna Agoston
Brooklyn , NY
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights


ARTIST STATEMENT: Untitled is an ongoing master series of black-and-white macro photographs of living plant elements. The photographs are taken in nature. The subjects are small, inconsequential and often not noticed or seen, but unique and precious. The series is abstract in that there is a departure from reality. The black-and-white, the macro lens, the emphasis on symmetry and on composition: these have the power to distill certain aspects of the subjects. Although the medium is photography, I think of my work as sculpture. There is an emphasis on the architecture, form and texture of the plants. Furthermore I stress what the subjects may evoke in the viewer. Certain subjects, by their physicality, the way they hang, the way they are intertwined, may evoke certain animal and/or human behaviors such as withdrawal, sensuality, love. The series' uniform portrait format acts as a sculptural base that not only contains the subject but also is used to emphasize its essence. The stem of a leaf is stretched up against the length of the frame in order to enhance a certain behavior that the subject evokes. The photographic process consists in chiseling away at reality. I remove color, context… I frame, determine a plane of focus and define details. I work until I give my feelings form. In doing so I aim to expose what I feel is the essence of my subject. I have no wish to educate or impose my own thoughts on viewers, but rather I want them to see and feel things independently. For this reason my work is untitled. As a whole, the series is a spectrum of images that enables the viewer to shift from one image to another and compare. The image itself - the larger-than-life scale of the subject, the attention to detail, the way the image evokes certain behaviors - has the power to seize the attention of the viewer, and focus it. My artwork invites contemplation.

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2004 M. Arch. II, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Boston, MA

2002 D.P.L.G. (Master degree), Ecole d’Architecture Paris Malaquais, France


•10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: Nominee in Still Life (Professional)
•Neutral Density Photography Awards 2015: (two) (Professional) Honorable Mentions, Fine Art: Abstract
• The Fine Art Photography Awards: Fine Art Honorable Mention (Professional)
•The 7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers:
Finalist in the Category for Still Life and Abstractions
•Monochrome Awards 2014, International Black-and-White Photography Contest: Honorable Mention in the Category of Fine Art Photography
• Moscow International Fotography Awards – MIFA: Honorable Mention, in the Category of Abstract Photography


• the 4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Berlin, Germany
August 2016

• Untitled, Ovando _ Christopher street, New York, NY
November 6 – November 8, 2015

• 2014 Open Show, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
December 13, 2014 - January 16, 2015
Exhibition jurors: Susan Cross, Curator, MASS MoCA

• Photo Book Exhibit, Vivid Solutions Gallery, Washington, DC November 7 – December 19, 2014

• Moscow International Fotography Awards – MIFA Exhibit", FotoLoft
Gallery, Moscow, Russia
October 23 – October 26, 2014
Exhibition jurors: Hossein Farmani, President, Farmani Group; Jesper Thomsen, Director, Mews42 Gallery ; Tina Schelhorn Curator, founding director Galerie Lichtblick ; Christoph Tannert, director and project coordinator, Künstlerhaus Bethanien ; Chris Davies publisher, Fabrik Media, Fabrik Magazine

• 2014 Bi-Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Vargas Gallery,
Pembroke Pines, FL
October 2 – October 30th, 2014
Exhibition juror: Wes Carson, photography professor & former assistant of Irving Penn

• A Natural Affair, online group show exhibition, Linus Art Galleries, Pasadena and Long Beach, CA

• the Greenwich Art Society - Flinn Show 2014, the Stephanie and
Lawrence Flinn Gallery, the Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT
July 24 - August 12, 2014
Exhibition juror: Sarah Humphreville, Assistant Curator at Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, NY

• the 2014 Summer Group Exhibition, White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia,
July 4 - July 25, 2014

• Photowork ’14: 26th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition, the Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
June 14 - July 12, 2014
Exhibition juror: Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

• Grayscale, the Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
April 1 – April 20th, 2014
Exhibition juror: Todd Johnson founder and director of Black Box
Gallery Portland, OR

• The National, Best Contemporary Photography 2014, The Fort Wayne
Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
March 29 - June 15, 2014
Exhibition juror: Joslyn Elliott, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

• BLACK AND WHITE, The PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
March 28 - April 25 2014
Exhibition juror: Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

• The 97th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center, Greenwich CT
February 28 – March 28, 2014
Exhibition juror: Cara Manes, Assistant Curator and Collection Specialist in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

• 34th annual photography exhibition 2014, The Carriage Barn Arts
Center, New Canaan, CT
January 11, 2014 – February 9, 2014
Exhibition juror: Laura Einstein, LGE Fine Art Consulting, New Canaan, CT

• One by One, The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
Special Mention
January 9, 2014 – February 15, 2014
Exhibition juror: Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the Denver
Art Museum, Denver, CO


• The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN


•2015 Anna Agoston "An Artist's Perspective on Inspiration and Making Art"
The Huffington Post Arts & Culture Blog (July 22): 3 [ill.] [online]

Anna Agoston - Untitled Vol.2,
>My book was added to: _the Fine Arts Library at the Harvard Art Museums; _the Library at The Museum of Modern Art; _the Library at The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

•2014 Anna Agoston - Untitled Vol.1,
_May 2014: "Pictures in your book are so beautiful that they give me design inspiration.” Toyo Ito, May 22nd, 2014. Mr Toyo Ito is the 2013 Pritzker architecture prize laureate.
>My book was added to: _the Library at The Museum of Modern Art; _the Hirsch Library at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; _The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

• Black & White Magazine, Special Issue February 2016 - #113 (2016): 1[ill.]

• The 7th Edition of The Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. Juried by Jill Greenberg and curated by Julio Hardy. (2015): 1[ill.]

• Jorrit R Dijkstra. “Untitled” Silvershotz (Dec, 2015):
20 [ill. ] [online]

• Elizabeth Avedon. “fossils of light + time” L’Oeil de la Photographie (September 10, 2015): 1[ill.][online]

• fossils of light + time. Book curated by Elizabeth Avedon. The Detroit Center
For Contemporary Photography, Detroit, Michigan (2015): 1[ill.][Limited Edition of 250]

• Adam T. Crawford. “The Tree That Bears Fruit: The Strikingly Beautiful Macro Photography of Anna Agoston” Precise-Moment (September 9, 2015):
15 [ill. ] [online]

• Adam T. Crawford. “The Tree That Bears Fruit” LensCulture (September 3, 2015): 15 [ill. ] [online]

• Arianna Huffington. "An Artist's Perspective on Inspiration and Making Art
@AnnaAgostonArt” Twitter (July 23, 2015): [tweet] [online]

• Mike Sorgatz. “Artist Profile: Anna Agoston” Art in Brooklyn (June 20, 2015):
3 [ill. ] [online]

• Russell Joslin. “Open Theme” Shots Magazine 128 (Summer 2015): 10, 45

• Chris Kovacs. “UNTITLED, Interview with Anna Agoston.” Adore Noir Magazine 26 (June 2015): 20-31 [ill. ] [interview] [online]

• “Anna Agoston: Lines Surfaces and Texture.” Dodho Magazine (June 2015)
[ill. ] [online]

• Float Photo Magazine website (Mai 2015) [ill. ] [online]

• Elizabeth Avedon. “ANNA AGOSTON: "Untitled" Living Plant Elements Found In Nature” Elizabeth Avedon blog (March 14th, 2015) [ill. ] [online]

• Christy Karpinski. “Black-and-White” F-Stop Magazine 69 (February 2015): 2
[ill. ] [online]

• Christy Karpinski. “featured artist” F-Stop Magazine 68 (December 2014- January 2015): 20 [ill. ] [interview] [online]

• "Untitled" is LensCulture editors' pick. LensCulture (December 11, 2014):
[ill.] [online]

• Mark Jenkins. "Photo Book Exhibit" the Washington Post (November 58, 2014)

• Christy Karpinski. “Your Daily Photograph” Duncan Miller Gallery website (September 22, 2014): 1 [ill. ] [online]

• Christy Karpinski. “Open Theme” F-Stop Magazine 65 (June 1, 2014): 3 [ill. ] [online]

• Christy Karpinski. “The Natural World” F-Stop Magazine 64 (April 1, 2014): 4
[ill. ] [online]

• Leslie Yager. “Greenwich Art Society 97th Juried Exhibition Awards
Announced” Greenwich Free Press (March 2, 2014): 1 [ill. ] [online]


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