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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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Sarah Kaufman

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: Mid-Atlantic

Seeping Inside

Seeping Inside

My photography investigates a space between document and interpretation. Picturing the world as it is, the images speak in a straightforward language, however they ask that world to stand in for one that is more poetic.

The work is an inherently human investigation. I visit people in their homes and ask them to try to show me the place that they inhabit when they are alone. The resulting photographs chase glimpses of this world and explore relationships among the subjects, their bodies, and their spaces. The stillness of each image elevates a quiet intensity within the everyday by prolonging a scene's reflective silence. These interiors represent both the physical space of the home and a more elusive idea of being at home. Ideally the viewer can share in this reverence for the familiar by soaking in the gestures and details within another person's domestic space and routine. And perhaps upon looking at another's moments of absorption, we may recognize something about our own.

Project Information

The photographs here represent a selection from an ongoing and evolving larger project that began in 2008. Thus far I have found people to photograph through Craigslist and word of mouth. Their homes range up and down east coast cities, including Richmond, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. All of the images are made on medium format film and then scanned to produce digital c-prints.

Untitled (Sliding Door)

Untitled (Birds)

Untitled (Stripes)

Untitled (Blue Smoke)

Untitled (Small Sunset)

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