Self Portrait

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RECENT AWARDS

2018 IPA - Honorable Mention (Advertising / Music) “Noree Chamber Soloists”

2018 IPA - Honorable Mention (People / Children) “Anonymous”

2017 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) - Silver (Advertising / Music)

2017 PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris) - Bronze (Advertising / Music)

2017 MIFA (Moscow International Foto Award) - Silver (Fine Art / Still Life)

2017 MIFA - Silver (Editorial / Personality) "Taboo: The Fight"

2017 MIFA - Bronze (Advertising / Music)

2017 IPA (International Photography Awards) - 2 x Honorable Mention (Architecture) "Oz" & "The Highline

2017 IPA - 2 x Honorable Mention (Fine Art) "Oz" & "Mimi"

2017 IPA - Honorable Mention (Portrait)

2016 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) - Bronze (Advertising / Food)

2016 IPA - Family of Man - Honorable Mention

JEREMY AMAR

Photographer

Visual Breathing

I was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, a factory town (“Lynn, Lynn city of sin”). When I was six, my family followed my father’s job and moved to the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky. I grew up idly following storm drains, cutting my own paths through the tall field grasses. I was, and still am prone to unscheduled drifting.

Back then, my mother was a physical therapist, a visiting nurse. She truly loved what she did and stories of her patients wove with our own. My father was a human resources guru at a time when that was new. And, dressed in pink button-down shirts (with white collars), he offered civility, humor, and creativity in equal measure to both corporate execs and assembly line workers.

For my brother and I, National Geographic magazines were our first invitation to the greater world. Our wanderlust was tickled by our always-traveling aunts and uncles who would occasionally send us Hindu comic books, stuffed caymans, every type of exotic stamp and currency. It never made sense that our doctors called us near-sighted. Near was clearly not our primary focus. 

At 15, I worked on a dairy farm in Belgium. I spent my junior year of college studying at the Sorbonne and Institut Catholique in Paris, France. And, after graduating from Kenyon College in rural Ohio, I interned for a South Indian film production company, living in Hyderabad and Chennai, India.

When I returned to the states, I moved to Brooklyn. I've been making images (of all shape) for twenty-five years. What connects my life experiences to what I do professionally is my profound and un-quenched curiosity to observe and nurture what's human in all of us. While today I do look closer, I am still, and always will be, a romantic dreamer, with deep existential undertones. Photography gives me permission, a license to visit the lives of others, the courage to really meet the people I photograph, and the passion to observe and honor the most intimate of our human experiences and emotions.  I call it "visual breathing."

"The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody."     - Albert Camus

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”     - Susan Sontag

“I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.”     - Haruki Murakami

"If transgression is at the very heart of photographic portraiture, then the ideal outcome - beauty, communion, honesty, and empathy - mitigates the offense. Art can afford the kindest crucible of association, and within its ardent issue lies a grace that both transcends and tenders understanding."    - Sally Mann