Of all the labels prescribed to different ways of working, I' m most comfortable with documentary photographer in that it acknowledges the very intense relationship, dependent relationship, with what surrounds us, what's going on outside, what's here. And that the camera becomes this bridge into seeing and engaging and investigating that reality. -- Andrew Wertz
Andrew Wertz is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. His photography addresses the social landscape and built environment of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States with a particular attention to the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. He uses photography to speak to the changing nature of place, identity, and the inescapable inevitability of loss, but also a celebrates life, labor, and community.
His work includes the series Everywhere Under Your Feet, a long-term body of photographic work exploring Pennsylvania s anthracite coal region, where his parents and grandparents were raised. He describes it as a revisitation of past memory, personal mythology, and present day interrogation of place and meaning. Wertz received a BA in Studio Arts at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and an MFA in Photography at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.