South Gallery: 25 UNDER 25, THE EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER, contemporary photographs by the next generation of artists – the second, in a new program of student-curated exhibitions; curated by Ryan Upp.
As I embarked on curating a show recognizing the emerging photographer I quickly realized that all of the artists I felt drawn to were really quite young. The professionalism and expertise in the work I uncovered marveled that of photographers who have been in the business for years. Amazingly, most of these young minds are self taught and have created a support system for one another through social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram. I had discovered a group of individuals, working almost as a single unit, without the typical competitiveness and self absorption thats often seen in those attempting to make a name for themselves. They bounce ideas off one another, provide constructive positive feedback, and host outings where they model for each other’s images. I quickly noticed a reoccurring theme of the innocent human figure surrounded by the natural world. The work is timeless, provocative and has a universal theme of innocence. When we are young we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can.
Robert Moses Joyce