First Look 2022
Feb – Mar 28, 2022
Panopticon Gallery
Boston, USA

Every photograph tells a story. When part of a body of work, the photograph takes on new meaning, becoming part of a bigger and more complete narrative. A portfolio allows the photographer to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context that gives it richness and meaning that is more than the sum of its parts. Panopticon Gallery is pleased to announce First Look 2022 our annual juried portfolio showcase, where five portfolios have been selected for the exhibition.

“ “The Empty Nester” explores the fictional story of Berty: a woman of a certain age struggling to understand her value outside of the confines of domestic life in 1950’s Suburbia. Living in a decade enthralled with youth culture and a burgeoning baby boom, Berty questions her identity and purpose beyond her expected roles of wife and mother…” –Bamby

“In this project, I use nature as a poetic tool to narrate a personal story. I visualize the harsh and unknown landscape of mourning. I materialize the nature of sadness and loss. I show her intense desire to reverse the cruel truth by adding some negative prints to the story…” – Miranda Schmitz

“During this tumultuous time, I am overwhelmed by my desire to escape into the imaginary world of my youth. Impossible Diamonds is a deeply personal exploration of the places I know by heart. Each image, a sensory trip into the natural world, offering mystery, magic, and healing.” –Diane Hemingway

“I had always dreaded the self-consciousness that came with my children’s adolescence. One of my greatest joys has been to watch my two sons passionately explore their world and realize their intrinsic goals–such as tasting fresh snow or feeling like a superhero or running spontaneously through a garden–without the limits of self-consciousness or the pressures of expected behavior in society…” –Laurie Swope

“In my series Hold Me Tight, I explore moments of vulnerability and intimacy between my husband and two teenage sons, often while on family vacations in nature. A kind of sensory aliveness takes hold and I see their changing bodies, in adolescence and midlife, register so much feeling…” –Allison Plass

Opening Reception: Thursday February 3rd 2022, 6pm-8pm

  • Adraint Khadafhi Bereal: The Black Yearbook
    4 Color Books / Penguin Random House

    When photographer Adraint Bereal graduated from the University of Texas, he self-published an impressive volume of portraits, personal statements, and interviews that explored UT’s campus culture and offered an intimate look at the lives of Black students matriculating within a majority white space. Bereal’s work was inspired by his first photo exhibition at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, entitled 1.7, that unearthed the experiences of the 925 Black men that made up just 1.7% of UT’s total 52,000 student body. (more…)

  • Polly Braden: Leaving Ukraine
    Mar 15 – Sep 15, 2024
    Foundling Museum
    London, UK

    Polly Braden: Leaving Ukraine is an intimate portrait of women, forced to leave their homes following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. In this new series of work we see the extraordinary journeys undertaken by mothers, daughters, teenagers and babies in arms. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, Polly Braden has used her camera to document the lives of women and children unexpectedly scattered across Europe. (more…)

  • Ian Waelder: Here not today
    Apr 18 – Jun 9, 2024
    Super Super Markt
    Berlin, Germany

    I. Language

    We could say that this exhibition begins with the artist’s daily walk to buy the newspaper at a kiosk. In his book The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau describes the city as a text shaped by the people who walk in it daily. A vast text we write with our steps but cannot read – “the networks of these moving, intersecting writings compose a manifold story that has neither author nor spectator (more…)