Self Portrait


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2019 IPA - 2nd Place (Analog / Film, Portrait) “The Lincoln Dress”

2019 IPA - Honorable Mention (Fine Art / Portrait) “A trans*formative time”

2019 PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris) - Honorable Mention (Fine Art / People) “The Lincoln Dress”

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 - 2 x Honorable Mention (Architecture) "Oz" & "The Highline

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

2017 IPA - Honorable Mention (Portrait)



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. The stories her patients shared with her, the moments they shared, are forever a part of who we are as a family. My father was a human resources guru at a time when that was new. Often dressed in pink button-down shirts (with white collars), he offered civility, humor, and creative wisdom in equal measure to corporate execs and union assembly line workers.

For my brother and I, National Geographic magazines offered a first provocative glance to the greater world. A wanderlust was further 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

All images © Jeremy Amar 1996-2019