Laura Crosby: FIne Art Photography    

AN UNINTENDED DIRECTION

It’s About Time. As a documentary photographer I have worked for more than three decades as an agent for social change. These photographs document the lives and dignity of marginalized people including the homeless, refugees, victims of domestic violence, adolescent prostitutes, and patients with anorexia, bulimia and Alzheimer’s. Throughout, my belief is that art can serve as a warning or an awakening and lead to social action. It is the canary in the coal mine, so to speak.
   Lately my work has taken me in unintended directions in that it moved like a spiral, not a straight line. I experimented with new techniques as I strove to clarify the relationship between concept and image. Would a double exposure construct a more accurately imagined reality and the collapse of time between then and now?
   If time were to be the subject of this new direction, what would it look like? Does it move in one direction only or does it circle back on itself? These are the questions I asked when I decided to photograph time. What I discovered is that deep inside of wide, time exists.
   Time expires, its past is gone, its future not yet come and it’s never resting. It’s constant, silent, mysterious, indefinable, precious, illusionary, relentless, short, long, fast, slow, endless, deadly and healing.
    When I began working on time I didn’t think of it as documenting social issues. However, I wonder if it is a documentary, but of a different kind. It addresses societal issues such as communication, transportation, agriculture, energy, war and information.
    Each photograph is layered to depict the passage of time and is accompanied by a quote that relates directly to the photograph.

 

PERFORMANCE

Traces is a collaboration between Laura Crosby, photographer, Harriet Bart, installation artist, and Nor Hall, writer. It is a timeless tale about the unexpected journey of a woman and children caught in the web of war and told through narrative poetry, performance, objects and photographs.
   Traces was inspired by a slide collection that was given to Bart. It consisted of twenty-eight suitcase boxes of stereo-optic slides from St. Catherine University. The boxes held thousands of European travel slides once used to illustrate a humanities class.
   Bart created a conceptually-based installation with objects and books of historical interest that relate to memory.
   Hall, a psychotherapist, playwright and author specializing in myth, wrote the text.
   Crosby's images portrayed the plight of women and children stunned by war, the things that are left behind, and the objects that mark the way.



BOOK

I'M STILL HERE: The Alzheimer's Journey is a collaboration between Laura Crosby, photographer, and Anne Simpson, poet, designed to allay some of the fears of dementia while acknowledging the reality. Published in 2008 by PhotoBook Press, the book consists of 20 photographs and 20 poems. The purpose of the book is to show that persons whose minds are diseased are still present, body and soul. They are real people who deserve love and respect. Statistics about dementia to educate the public about the disease are also provided.



DOCUMENTARY FILM


America the Beautiful, by Darryl Roberts. Several of Laura Crosby's photographs from her "Beauty Myth" series are shown in this 2008 socially probing documentary film that explores the question: Is America obsessed with beauty? The film centers around the burgeoning culture of beauty in America, it's influence on world culture, the dangers it presents to young women and it's influence on society at large. The film has been shown in six countries and 50 cities, named best documentary at several film festivals in the US and hailed by critics as "funny, shocking and engaging," and "one of the most important documentary films of this decade."

For more information on the film, go to www.americathebeautifuldoc.com.



TIMETAKE

TimeTake is a 2002 collaboration between photographer Laura Crosby, composer Libby Larsen and writer Marisha Chamberlain. TimeTake offers a meditation on time’s passage that suggests it is possible to live for a century with style and dignity and to wear your wrinkles with unself-conscious pride. It is a collage across time that shows how time moved through women, how women look and speak and sound.
   Based on the demographics of Minnesota, TimeTake consists of 25 photographs hung in rows of five, each row representing a 20-year age span from newborn to 100 years of age. The women photographed are women whose looks are conventional rather than extraordinary. Crosby did not want anything sensationalistic but rather a balance between what is real and what is a vision. The beauty industry is not real. Crosby was fascinated with the natural beauty that comes forth from women who have lived full lives where their wisdom and acceptance start to show.




Laura Crosby Portfolios
Laura Crosby: It's About Time
Laura Crosby: Documentary images
Laura Crosby: Places Defined/Identity Given
Laura Crosby: Traces
Laura Crosby: Resume
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