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January 30, 2007 to May 6, 2007

Bachelor Portraits: Photographs by Justyna Badach

Employing the classical Western conventions of male portrait painting, Justyna Badach captures the subject of the bachelor in her new series of large format photographs. Badach chooses to photograph each subject amongst their most valued possessions, echoing a pictorial form found in the mid-18th century English portraiture, where the personal display and appearance were significant indicators of class status. As Badach states “the images recall paintings which celebrated men who rejected family life in favor of intellectual pursuits and elevated their cultivated eccentricities to the status of art.”

In discussing the size of the final works Badach explains “I use the large format camera because it shares a visual affinity to painting. This approach requires that the artist be carefully attuned to the sitter and the space that they are composing . . . The sitters who chose to reveal their life to the camera also accept the vulnerability inevitably felt when opening up ones private world to a stranger . . .The portraits enable the men to openly be themselves, to use the space of the image to publicly express their identity and interests. The images become declaration of their escape from a life of social conventions and an opportunity to explore the emotional longing to pursue a self-determined life.”

Badach received a MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Solo exhibitions include: The Guides, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (2006); Vivarium: Repeat, Resemble and Represent, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2005); and a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA (2004). Her work has been featured at Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2006); Festival Internazionale di Roma (2006); The Galleries at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (2005); Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia (2005); Studio Thomas Kellner, Siegen Germany (2005); The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY (2004); Lee Ka Sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2004); Volkswagen Gallerie at the Fringe Club, Hong Kong (2004); Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (2003); The Print Center, Philadelphia (2002); White Columns, New York (2001); and SOHO 20 Gallery, New York, NY (1998); among others. Badach has curated several exhibitions at the Cranbrook University and in Philadelphia and is currently associate professor and interim program director for photography at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Tags: film, photography