Photographer of the Week #2: Samantha Contis

This week we are highlighting the work of artist Samantha Contis We are particularly drawn to her series titled Edgewood from which select photos were included in our New York Photo Festival exhibition, “New York Did It To Me”.

Edgewood documents a single American city park. In looking at the park?s visitors and its changing landscape, Contis makes pictures that explore perceptions of race, class, culture, and the environment.  Drawing on a long painterly tradition rooted in the pastoral, Contis’ photographs reveal a new urban landscape.

Samantha Contis was born in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2008, she completed her MFA in photography at Yale School of Art, having received her BFA at New York University. In recent years, she has contributed compelling photo essays to the New York Times and Time Magazine. Contis has also been selected for various exhibitions in prominent institutions including The Kitchen,  X Initiative and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.  Most recently Contis has shown at Workspace in Los Angeles. She lives and works in New York.

To see more work by Samantha Contis, please visit her website.