September 19 – December 28, 2002
This is the first east coast exhibition of Sirota’s photography and features images from her debut book “GUESS WHO?”. Sirota is known for her freewheeling, energetic humor and a clean, straightforward technique that cuts through the celebrity persona and creates images that transcend the typical glossy publicity shot.
Massachusetts-born Sirota is a self-taught photographer and director who began her career in 1984. Today she is one of America’s best and most original portrait photographers, as well as a highly sought after fashion and commercial photographer whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, French Elle, Rolling Stone, and GQ. Sirota has won numerous national and international awards and was named one of the “Top Female Fashion Photographers” by British Vogue.
Sirota’s unique style produces photographs that draw out her subject’s personality, revealing something essential about them. In GUESS WHO, a tongue-in-cheek homage to the celebrity phenomenon, Sirota disguises celebrities and places them in unusual settings that mask their true identity. The images are surprising visual “puzzles” that — more — challenge the viewer to try to figure out who’s who. The result is an optical feast that illustrates Sirota’s – and her subjects’ – witty sense of humor.
“This show is a rare opportunity for the public to see Peggy’s work as a collection and appreciate the photographs’ ability to stand on their own as images, even though the subjects are famous,” explained Blake Fitch, Executive Director at the Griffin Museum. “As a culture, we are drawn to celebrities and the celebrity ‘lifestyle’. Through her photos, Peggy allows us to get a little closer and catch a glimpse of the ‘real’ person – and personality – behind the celebrity name. These images are surprising and often humorous and will shatter any misperceptions you may have about ‘who’ these celebrities really are.”