Photography in particular holds that impossibly seductive promise of learning to see in a new way which is at one and the same time democratic (the “subject” of each photograph is as worthy as the next) and highly individualized (the unique formal qualities of the picture such as color, framing, lighting and personal, cultural and historical referends may be conscious choices made by the photographer or serendipitous). Walt Whitman’s stance of treating all moments as of equal consequence (the democratic) and Gary Winogrand’s stated purpose in taking photographs – to see what the subject looks like as a photograph (individualized seeing) are the essential dynamics behind much of my photography.
Center Gallery / Midwest Center for Photography
F Stop Magazine #35 Portfolio Edition
Jen Bekman 20x200
Online Print and Portfolio Show - Center for Fine Art Photography
Oregon Arts Commission 2008 Fellowship Awards