When I’m talking to gallery folks or collectors or fans of photography, and they want to see something new, there are four or five photographers whose work I eagerly recommend. One of them is Amy Stein.
“Domesticated” involves intricate staging, animal trainers, and all kinds of behind-the-scenes production, but within that framework, Amy manages to deliver photographs that feel alive and are very much of the moment. Unlike the wide swath of fine art photographers who use production techniques to overcome still photography’s inherent limitations, Amy doesn’t employ production for production’s sake, she uses it to amplify her documentary chops and deliver views that are as aesthetically charged as they are conceptually sound.
Go check them out.
Photographs by Amy Stein
February 16 through April 26, 2008
Paul Kopeikin Gallery
6150 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048