Country of origin: Israel
In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I had been a painter with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. I picked up a digital camera quite casually in 2004 and started taking photos. Prior to that, while I took Polaroids to use as reference for painting, I had never been particularly interested in photography. The more I used the camera, the more eager I became to get some professional training and heard the Residency Program was highly respected.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
A few of the very important things that I learned at the Residency Program were working in series, discussing my work, camera equipment and printing.
We had the opportunity to work with excellent mentors and guest critics. In addition, there were several lectures by well-respected art critics and gallerists.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist, designer, etc?
The body of work that I do now was started with the guidance of my mentors at SVA. I also began showing right away after the program ended and have been showing regularly. Currently I am represented by Rice Polak Gallery on Cape Cod.
What's going on in your studio now?
I am in the very early stages of a new project which I am very excited about. I will be shooting portraits of real people for a change.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
SVA’s Photography Residency changed my life.