Breathing Pictures: Sean Justice

Gallery 1401

Sean Justice’s

large photographic composites of landscapes and seascapes depict ordinary subjects from daily life: basketball in a city park, bicycle riding, taking a portrait of a loved one and sailboats on the harbor, among other topics. At first glance, the pictures look like traditional photographs, but with sustained viewing, it becomes apparent that the individual layers of each montage are slightly misaligned. The effect is subtle and surprising – especially when the viewer realizes that the seemingly static scene is actually composed of individual frames that record movement. This is due to the way Justice photographs the scene: he chooses a vantage point from which to shoot and then takes the picture again and again, while breathing. The result, because of the almost imperceptible change in the position of his body as he inhales and exhales, is that each picture is slightly skewed when compared to the others. The subtle changes in the images reference the history of photography, from Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies, to the accurate composites made possible by the advent of digital imaging in our expectation of the time collapses Justice’s work embodies. 

Justice is earning his Ed.D. from Columbia University in New York City, holds an MA in Studio Art/Photography from New York University in conjunction with the International Center for Photography in New York, and has a BA from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His work has been widely exhibited, including exhibitions at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China; Art Beatus, Hong Kong, China; Rush Arts Gallery, New York; A Group of Eight, Pingyao, China; Ampersand House and Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York; Horticultural Society of New York: Hiroshi Sunari Tree Project, New York; Kaunas Photography Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania; Korean Cultural Center, Beijing, China; Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York; Print Center, Philadelphia; Bamboo Festival, Anji, China; Room Salon of New Photography, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Watts-on-Smith. Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Gallery Henoch, New York. Justice’s curatorial work includes exhibitions at Columbia University, New York; Lishui Museum of Photography, Li Shui, China; Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; and Visions from the Land of the Morning Calm, contemporary photography from South Korea, at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Justice is a full-time faculty member at Columbia University, and his publications include CultureHall Online; 10x15 de Arte y Fotografia Contemporanea, Madrid, Spain; Trends & Living Magazine; Photoworld Magazine; and Creative Vision: Digital and Traditional Methods for Inspiring Innovative Photography, Switzerland. Justice resides and works in Staten Island, New York.

There will be a reception for “Breathing Pictures” on February 27 at 4 p.m. in the gallery.

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211 S Broad Street, 14th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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