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Wendy Paton

Photographer
Born Ca. 1951, New York, New York

For me, photography means concentrating on something and peeling back the individual layers until you have reached its true essence...

An award winning fine art photographer, Wendy Paton found her love of the medium later in her career, starting her photographic practice in 1981. She studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, learning the intricacies of night photography from Michael Kenna, and darkroom printing techniques from her mentor and collaborator, master printer Chuck Kelton.

Paton's series of black and white candid night images, Visages de Nuit, was first exhibited in 2009 in Clues to Identity, at the International Center of Photography. Her first solo exhibition in New York followed in March of 2010 at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery (NYC). The artist's European debut of her Visages de Nuit images opened in January 2011 in the exhibition, American Portraits at In Focus Galerie (Cologne, Germany). A survey of the entire Visages de Nuit series from 2006-2012 opened September 2012 at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography (Moscow, Russia). Paton's first monograph, Visages de Nuit, published by Kehrer Verlag accompanied the exhibition. She continues to be professionally represented by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, NYC; In Focus Galerie, Cologne, Germany; and Lumiere Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Paton had her solo exhibit debut at the Michener Art Museum in 2014 under the exhibit name Nuit Blanche surveying photographs from both of her major bodies of work. Visages de Nuit is a collection of black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities. Paton created this series of nocturnal images, exploring the mystery of the night and bringing the viewer into her subjects nighttime world. Their dark, gritty characteristics purposely convey Paton's interpretation of the surreal quality of life at night, and what is hiding behind what we normally view as reality. Her subsequent series Reclaiming Dignity explores unusual perspectives of neglected classic cars she found on a farm, portraying them as almost body-like abstractions.

Paton's work is marked by her "striking, hand printed, large format silver gelatin prints... life-size in dramatic, powerful emotion, these images... allow the viewer to share the vision of the artist as a voyeur, and at the same time bringing the viewer into the subjects world of mysterious darkness, as a participant inside the actual scene." (-NY Art Beat)

Image: Wendy Paton, photo courtesy of the artist


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