Jessica Craig-Martin

Given her background as a press photographer for Vanity Fair, Vogue, and other publications, New York-based photographer Jessica Craig-Martin is granted access to an otherwise inaccessible world of socialites, models, actors, and other elite individuals. Piquing the viewer’s voyeuristic tendencies, Craig-Martin presents skillfully cropped and angled photographs of glittering individuals shot at various society parties, charity fundraisers, art exhibitions, and other invite-only soirees. In contrast to all of the champagne, glamorous gowns, sequins, silk, designer duds, and opulent baubles on the individuals that inhabit her work, Craig-Martin’s photographs present moments of flawed beauty and stark reality – a human vulnerability in the otherwise unapproachable privileged world. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the New Museum, the Progressive Corporation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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