June 14 – August 12, 2007
One of the most sought after photographers of our time, Tenneson has developed a unique vision that gives her photographs an immediately recognizable signature style. Described by critics as “one of America’s most interesting portrayer of the human character,” Tenneson combines sensuality and spirituality to create deeply affecting images that are ethereal and often mystical.
Tenneson was born in Boston and grew up on the grounds of a convent where her parents worked. Tenneson describes the experience of growing up in an environment of rituals and cycles as having greatly influenced her future work, contributing to her fascination with the stages of life. While her early self-portrait work was autobiographical, her more recent projects are more metaphorical, which Tenneson describes as “part of an on-going visual diary that reflects my inner journey.”
“It is a great honor to have been selected as the first venue to host this exhibition,” said Griffin Museum Executive Director Blake Fitch. “We’ve been able to work collaboratively with Ms. Tenneson in developing this retrospective and we are excited about bringing it to the Greater Boston audience.”
Joyce Tenneson’s images have been displayed in exhibition worldwide and are part of numerous private and museum collections. Her portraits appear frequently on the covers of magazines such asTime, Life, Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine. She is the author of thirteen books, including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is also the recipient of many awards and, in a recent poll conducted by American Photo Magazine, readers voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women in the history of photography. The Lucie Awards named Joyce Tenneson as Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005.
Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography will be on display in the Griffin Museum’s Main Gallery, June 14 – August 12. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 7:00-8:30 PM. All are welcome. Ms. Tenneson will also present a lecture on her work on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $10 for Griffin Museum members; $15 for non-members. Reservations are required.