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Tanyth Berkeley

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Love Parade at Bellwether 2005


"Simona" 20" x 24" - C-Print
"Maya" 20" x 24" - C-Print
"Claire" 20" x 24" - C-Print
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Simona
Simona
Maya
Maya
Claire
Claire
After Tanyth Berkeley approaches strangers on the subway to make an appointment for a photograph, the resulting portraits are striking evidence of the artist’s newfound friendships with compelling young women. Berkeley’s series of female portraits, Orchidace, refer to the rare species of orchids coveted for their unusual flowers. Focused attentively on the variety of natural representations of female beauty, Berkeley has considered many art historical and cinematic female subjects—from Bresson’s adolescent Mouchet and Bergman’s Monika, to Manet’s urban portrait “The Street Singer” and Rossetti’s “Ophelia.” Berkeley entertains a strong identification with her subjects, and perhaps a shared sentiment about mainstream standards of beauty.




The plain portraits occur in parks, where women subjects focus away from the camera with steadfast strength and dignity. Berkeley describes one woman she meets on the train as, “a cross between Marilyn Monroe and the moon.” Complementing these probing portraits are Berkeley’s videos of anonymous male singers, who croon love serenades to strangers on subway platforms. Berkeley translates her subjects’ secret feelings into her own, using photography and video to illuminate how desire manifests on the body and in one’s private, wandering thoughts.
Tanyth Berkeley was born in Hollywood, California, and currently resides in New York. She obtained an MFA in photography from Columbia University in 2004 and holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. She has participated in several group exhibitions including Video Box at White Box, NY, and Flicker, at the Socrates Sculpture Garden, NY, both in 2004.
Ann
Ann
Tanyth Berkeley : Love Parade
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