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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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The Portrait as Dialogue

Keliy Anderson-Staley

Saturday, March 08 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Holiday 6

In the past eight years Keliy Anderson-Staley has made more than 1,000 tintype portraits-of friends, family, and complete strangers. She will discuss her portrait project and the complications of involving her subjects in their own representation. All of the individuals in the project are presented only with a first name and no other defining context. The viewer is left only with a face to grapple with, a stranger brought intimately close for examination. The portraits are revealing, but the faces are also defiantly assertive, underscoring the exchange and silent dialogue central to the creation of any portrait.


Keliy Anderson-Staley
Keliy Anderson-Staley

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