It’s the June installment of our series of photographers on photography, Photo Chat Chat.
Join our moderator Julie Williams-Krishnan and our photographers discuss their creativity across a broad spectrum of photographic styles and ideas.
We are thrilled to present the following four artists this month. We are showcasing the talents of Sean Du, Greg Jundanian, Eric Kunsman and Minny Lee.
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Sean Du is a landscape photographer whose work aims to reconnect us with nature. His on-going project “Above the Treeline” records, by way of hiking and climbing, the normally unseen views of North America’s mountain wildernesses. Since earning his BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, his work had been exhibited in institutes such as the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, and Photographic Center Northwest, in Seattle, Washington. He currently lives in Pasadena, California.
Gregory Jundanian is an emerging artist focused on portraiture with a concentration on communities. His current project, In Their Footsteps, is about his connection to Armenia, and the connection between Armenia and Armenian break-away republic of Artsakh. Other ongoing projects include a series of work on male identity focusing on local area barbershops, and different landscape projects that keep him busy until he can photograph people once again. In the meantime he is finally fully utilizing his Netflix account.
Jundanian was a 2017 Critical Mass Top 200 finalist with Spoken Word, his work on the poetry slam community in Boston. He also had a solo show with that work at the South Boston Public Library, and has shown both nationally and internationally in group shows. He recently completed his post-bac degree at MassArt, and will be entering an MFA program at the University of Hartford this summer.
Eric Kunsman (b. 1975) was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While in high school, he was heavily influenced by the death of the steel industry and its place in American history. The exposure to the work of Walker Evans during this time hooked Eric onto photography.
Eric holds his MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Currently, he is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester, New York. Eric works at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is an adjunct professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. He has owned Booksmart Studio since 2005, which is a fine art digital printing studio, specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists on a collaborative basis.
Minny Lee is a lens- based artist who is currently focusing on making artist’s books. Her work contemplates the concepts around time and space and the coexistence of duality. Lee was born and raised in South Korea and obtained an MA in Art History from City College of New York and an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard. Lee was awarded a fellowship from the Reflexions Masterclass in Europe and participated in an artist-in-residence program at Halsnøy Kloster (Norway) and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Camera Club of New York, Datz Museum of Art (S. Korea), Espacio el Dorado (Colombia), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Lishui Photo Festival (China) among other venues. Lee’s artist’s books are in the collection of the International Center of Photography Library, New York Public Library, Special Collections at the University of Arizona, Special Collections at Stanford University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Amon Carter Museum Library, and many other private collections. Lee was based in the greater New York area for more than twenty years and recently relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii.