Joan Johnson Exhibition
June 5 – August 31, 2008
The Griffin Museum of Photography announces that Aaron Freedman, a student at Concord Academy in Concord, MA, has been chosen to receive the Joan Johnson Scholarship of $1,000. He will be presented the award by the Johnson family at the opening reception of the 14th Juried Exhibition at the museum June 5, 7 p.m.
Freedman was one of the many students who submitted work in the portion of the juried exhibit for area high school seniors. A selection of the work that was submitted will be exhibited in the Griffin Gallery June 5 through August 31.
While there was no theme or format for submissions, students were asked to select an image that best represented them, personally and photographically. The photographs were also judged on whether they were technically well produced, compelling, and original. Jurors were photographers, Andrea Rosenthal of Boston and Andrew Kessler of West Newton.
“Photography trains my eye and brain in ways that make me pay more attention to the world around me, even when I am not taking pictures,’’ said Freedman, who studied photography at Concord Academy for four years. “The combination of knowledge and skill, along with the serendipity of discoveries in the darkroom are what define my love and approach to photography.’’
Freedman’s winning entry was a black-and-white image titled, The Brophy Boys.
“Quality composition, movement, mystery are all a part of [Freedman’s] unique black and white portrait,” said juror Andrew Kessler. Juror, Andrea Rosenthal notes that she and Kessler chose The Brophy Boys for the scholarship because Freedman “skillfully lets us know that soccer is probably the most important feature of his identity.”