United Photo Industries

2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

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To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, United Photo Industries is exhibiting the work of two artists, Amelie Satzger and Lauren Menzies, in a dual exhibition at the UPI Gallery. 

What is reality? by Amelie Satzger 
What is Reality? Are we all just a hologram? Is the table still in the room while nobody is watching and why can we remember the past though not the future?

After reading the two books “A Brief History of Time” and “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking, there were a lot of questions still remaining—and a lot of ideas for pictures. Inspired by the surrealism, I created a photographic portfolio, in which every artwork stands for another thesis of Stephen Hawking’s books.

Femme Fictions by Lauren Menzies
My self-portraits challenge the photographic medium through an investigation of the history of portraiture. Each image exploits millennial photography, depicting its ability to falsify perception. The selfie, fast fashion, and pop-culture obsessions are re-conceptualized via manipulated and handmade objects. Props are used as a device to fabricate personas, combining characteristics of the twentieth century with a modern twist. Notions of beauty, irony, and perception are presented by virtue of a faceless figure. The repetitive use of myself is a canon of the vast self-portraits of Cindy Sherman, yet contradicts her work through exploring my ability to expose a piece of my identity in each narrative. The only element of disguise in my work is the removal of the facial features. Empty space is heightened and shifted away from the screen by printing on handmade paper. The work questions the viewer’s interpretation, “Is it a drawing?” No, it’s a photograph.

About the Artists

Amelie Satzger is a 24-year-old photo artist based in Munich. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Photo Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, early 2019; she is now working as a freelance artist. Her photographs reveal an artfully-arranged visual world, whose motifs often include autobiographical reflections. Inspired by books, lyrics, and words in total, she is able to abstract and visualize them into new artworks. With her colorful compositions, she attaches the emotions of the viewers and gives them a feeling of rare surrealism.

Lauren Menzies was born on January 29th, 1993, and raised in Montclair, NJ. She began photographing herself during a summer residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She received her BFA in Photography from Penn State University in 2015, with a strong emphasis in the use of studio-based techniques. She moved to San Francisco, where she closely studied under painters at San Francisco Art Institute, receiving her MFA in Studio Art in 2017. Her work represents a collision of these two disciplines — editorial photography and artistic photography — through self-portraiture. She is now based in New York City.

About United Photo Industries

United Photo Industries is a New York based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography. UPI’s DUMBO gallery showcases a wide spectrum of compelling photographic work, from street photography to social documentary projects.

Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

In its first 6 years, UPI has had the opportunity to present the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide. Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, we have approached our goal of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives with unrelenting zeal, working closely with photo festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations across the globe to create new exhibition opportunities — and we are only getting started!

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