Dare alla Luce
Since photographs are in themselves as fragile as objects, their content should be too. Amy Friend’s work brings these two qualities into relief: the fragility both of the photographic object and of life. Friend reutilizes, revisits, backlights –performing orifices upon the images–, re-photographies and, therefore, resignifies old portraits that reached her via different sources. With this elegant modus operandi she achieves something exceptional, as she is able, by means of light –the raw material of photography–, to restore life to these old images; she is capable of illuminating the darkness that shrouds the past and, in so doing, turn it into something beautiful.
Those pictures were taken many years ago and in their time their familiarity surely must have caused a thrill. Today, however, they perhaps move us because they were taken so long ago. As the celebrated artist Susan Sontag said: the passing of time transforms photographs into works of art. It seems to be a somewhat radical assertion but Amy Friend, with her personal re-reading, has been able to bring this maxim right home.
Born in Ontario in 1974. After completing her studies at OCAD University, Toronto, she travelled through Europe, Africa, Cuba and the USA. She graduated later in Fine Arts and in Education and obtained a Master’s in Art. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and published in several journals including Eyemazing, Muse Magazine and California Sunday Magazine. For three consecutive years she was chosen as one of the 50 best photographers in the Critical Mass International Photography Competition. Amy is an Associate Professor at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Perfoming Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.