Q & A with Gallery Director Corinne Tapia

05/07/2010

Fantastic article in which Sous Les Etoiles Gallery Director, Corinne Tapia, talks about portfolio reviews and what she looks for when judging them. Tapia says “I examine how they speak to me, how they question me, and the emotions they generate.” I couldn’t agree more.

Q & A with Corinne Tapia
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery’s Director

Corinne Tapia has participated in numerous photo reviews including Photolucida, FotoFest, ICP, and Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles in France. Here she shares her thoughts on photo reviews.

What do you feel is the most exciting way to discover new work?

Documentary or fine art, on film or digital, photographers show a very rich diversity in cultural and aesthetic approaches during these reviews. The photographs appear as a need to understand reality and existence.  The artists are mostly inspired by desire or the need to re-connect with their pasts, sometimes in very intimate ways. Photography appears to be a way to step outside and overcome yourself. However, with the increasing availability of digital technology to fabricate our own realities, this fictional approach to create subjects is something I am often longing to see, perhaps because the emotional side is more difficult to achieve in this way.

What is your approach in a photo review?
 
I’m curious about everything.  I look at all kinds of portfolios from beginners to more experienced artists. The photographs are my first insight. I examine how they speak to me, how they question me, and the emotions they generate. Then comes my conversation with the artist. A photo review lasts around 20 minutes and during that time I attempt to answer any questions the photographer asks as best I can. The whole concept of a series, the history behind it and the techniques used, are each important and relevant, but should not prevail over the visual emotion.

What other photo-reviews will Sous Les Etoiles Gallery take part in?

 I will be reviewing at the 3rd annual New York Photo Festival on May 13th and 14th, and at the 41st Les Rencontres d’Arles in July. It’s always a pleasure to be a part of these events and I hope to be in Paris in November for FotoFest Paris – the first review organized by Lensculture and led by Jim Casper in collaboration with FotoFest, the festival created in Houston more than  25 years ago by Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin.

-article from Sous Les Etoiles newsletter

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