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Review Santa Fe: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Over the next month, I will be sharing the work of photographers who attended Review Santa Fe in June.  Review Santa Fe is the only juried review in the United States and invites 100 photographers to Santa Fe for a long weekend of reviews, insights, and connections.  

Keliy Anderson-Staley was raised “off the grid” in Maine, received a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York and currently lives and teaches in Arkansas. She has been making wet plate collodion tintypes for eight years.

Her new project, [Hyphen] Americans, refers to the hyphenated
character of American identities (Irish-American, African-American,
etc.), while only emphasizing the shared American identity.
These portraits compose a broadly inclusive portrait of
America. “With each portrait I hope to capture a powerful likeness, which
I then title only with a first name. Each portrait is revealing but
anonymous. Each is also uniquely representative of an individual but not
of a particular group. Therefore, although the heritage of each
individual might be inferred from assumptions we make about features and
costumes, the viewer is encouraged to suspend the kind of thinking that
would traditionally assist in decoding these images in the context of
American identity politics.”

Keliy has been awarded a Howard Foundation Fellowship , Light Work residency and fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Puffin Grant, and a Bronx Museum AIM residency. Solo exhibitions of her tintype portraits have been installed at the Light Work Gallery in Syracuse, NY, the Palitz Gallery in NYC, the Southeast Museum of Photography, the California Museum of Photography, John Cleary Gallery in Houston and a number of university galleries around the country. Keliy has exhibited widely arcoss the US.

Keliy will have a  “tintype portrait booth” set up at both the Chicago expo through the Catherine Edelman Gallery September 20-23rd and in New Haven in October. (Sittings are free and open to the public) She will also have work at the DC Fine Art Photography Fair in Washington DC, from October 5-7th at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery.

[Hyphen] Americans is a series of tintype portraits made with chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes, period brass lenses and wooden view cameras. Composed of thousands of portraits, the project is a broadly diverse collection of American faces. Each individual in the project–identified only by a first name–defiantly asserts his or her selfhood, resisting any imposed or external categorizing system we might bring to these images.

At once contemporary and timeless, these portraits raise questions about our place as individuals in history, and the role that photographic technologies and the history of photography have played in  defining identity.

Keliy Anderson-Staley Photobook Giveaway


Keliy Anderson-Staley Contact Sheet #163

A collaboration with Light Work

Hello All,

I'm thrilled to kick off the 2012 Flak Photo Galleries program with an online exhibition by photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley. The community response has been amazing and nearly 3,000 people have viewed her images since the gallery went live last weekend. Thanks so much to those of you who have shared the post with students and colleagues!

View Keliy's [hyphen] Americans exhibition in the Flak Photo Galleries »

A key part of my mission is to promote independent photo publications, so I'm excited to team up with Light Work, a nonprofit organization that supports artists working in photography, to give away signed copies of Keliy's issue of Contact Sheet to ten Flak Photo fans. Keliy's book, which was published in conjunction with her solo exhibition at Light Work last fall, showcases her beautiful tintype portraits and an essay by Light Work Executive Director Jeffrey Hoone.

Learn more about Contact Sheet #163 »

Getting in on the drawing is easy: To enter, browse Keliy's Flak Photo Profile and post a link to one of your favorite tintypes in the comments at the bottom of this post. Ten fans will be randomly selected from the submissions to receive a complimentary copy of the catalog. Call for entries closes Thursday, February 2 at 11:59 PM CDT.

Browse Keliy Anderson-Staley's Flak Photo Profile »

I'd love for more people to hear about this giveaway: If you use social media to talk about photography or are connected to an online photo community, please share this post using the buttons in the upper right corner of the page. Good Luck!


Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher


PS: Light Work is giving away signed copies of the book too! Visit their Facebook page for details »

Photographer #412: Paulina Otylie Surys

Paulina Otylie Surys, 1979, Poland, is a fine art and fashion photographer based in London, UK. Only recently she has launched herself as a fashion photographer. She studied fine art in Poland and photography in the UK. She uses a variety of camera’s, mostly vintage one’s working with 35mm, medium format and large format film. Currently she is interested in working on other alternative techniques as tintypes and the wet collodion proces. Her analogue images are hand-painted using a mixture of toners, chemicals, inks and dry dyes. The photographs are often described as outerworldly and have a strong relationship with classic photography and painting. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines. The following images come from the series The Deadly Chair of Moros, Sever and Une Belle Sauvage.

Website: www.paulinasurys.co.uk