Category Archives: Art

Matt Garber: Doll




Photography, Text and Video by Matt Garber, Copyright 2017




Still life is a place for juxtaposition. There is a place for strength, weakness, naturality, artificiality, beauty, and grotesqueness in every scene. For this photoset, these elements are incorporated.

In each exposure, the stones represent a material of strength. Stone is the medium for monuments and mountains alike. Sculpture has a long history using stone to create pieces lasting thousands of years, moving largely unchanged through time.

However, here, the stones are stacked ever so precariously. This implies a temporariness and a delicacy unusual for stone. It also emphasizes the time-capturing power of the photograph, as, despite being made of stone, these structures clearly cannot stick around very long.

Each photo is set in nature, on large rocks, beside a trickling stream with tiny waterfalls. And yet, each scene is manufactured unnaturally. The stone structures are too improbable to have occurred by chance, and the colorization of the stones highlights the ideas that they are out of place, yet in their natural place. And of course, there is the old baby doll, staring blankly, unnaturally, into the distance.

The baby doll is vintage, yet it has not grown up. It is weak, but clearly more permanent than the stone structures. It is provocative and perhaps grotesque in a natural environment. It is meant to pull the eye away from the rest of the scene, which is ironic in and of itself: how can a viewer continuously be drawn to the least beautiful part of every shot?

In several cases, the baby interacts with objects and ideas with which it has no business interacting. The old watch slung across its shoulder represents time that a baby shouldn’t have experienced. And the knife laying across its neck represents a pain, struggle, or death that should be well beyond the life experience of someone with suck a short life.

Each element of this piece forces a viewer to consider the reason for its existence because each element contrasts and conflicts with something else in the frame. This series is confusing and enticing at the same time.



About The Author: Matt Garber is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.  To access additional articles by Matt Garber, click here


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Jesse Halpern: Segmented Porches-What We Have on Display




Photography, Text and Video by Jesse Halpern, Copyright 2017




In my still life series, I chose to focus on a time where everything seems still, night time in residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia. When walking at night, most porches have doors light and not much else light up. But a few have adequate porch lighting, but those that do capture the intense light and dark of the materials and textures of the objects that decorate their porches.

I tried in my series to find such moments of chiaroscuro to show different elements that create the gateways to our homes. I wanted to show the different textures of these objects but I wanted my series to be unified, almost as if all the images could have originated at the same porch. This is a deception. Every image in this series comes from a different home and from three different nights. In order to create this sense of false unity I chose to forgo color, as the light fixtures on these different porches had very different color balances.

I wanted to emphasize texture. I created intense plays of darks and lights to emphasize the chipping of wood, the rusting of metal, the embroidered patterns on a couch, The imperfect yet smooth texture of a pumpkin.

I also wanted to reflect the cold harshness of being outside on a fall night. Black and white helped heighten the starkness of the light fixtures.

In every photo I wanted to focus on a different object, but to still capture the texture of the porch it was on. By not overlapping like object the photos have the effect I want, as if I am documenting one porch, as if everything could occupy the same space. In order to do so I used a fixed 85 mm lens and shot from a medium to close distance from the object. I was very conscious to include some identifiable feature of a porch, and I shot with the smallest aperture opening, an f stop of 22, to ensure the elements I wanted to include were rendered as clear as possible to show their texture.



About The Author: Jesse Halpern is a Sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Jesse Halpern, click here



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Exhibitions: Paris


Gilles Berquet: Paris Photo 2017

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Bryan Abrams: Private Versace Collection – Fall 2017






Portrait of Bryan Abrams by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017

Portrait of Bryan Abrams by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017






Alexis Masino

Corey Fader

Elizabeth Beugg

Noa Baker

Amber Shi

Jinghong Cui

Joy Lewis

Karishma Sheth

Sharon Song

Rongrong Liu

Jessica Moh

Noel Zheng

Michael Heath

Linda Ruan

Marcus Tappan

Ria Vaidya


Makeup: Aysha Silagy


Models: Main Line Models & Talent


Sony Giusti

Agustin Maltese

Katie Shewell

Marium Ali

Dena Hertel

Katty Pena

Morgan Bailey

Annamarie Pepeta

Katie McCaffery

Sabrian Schneeman


To see more lab session photos from Upenn’s Photography & Fashion class, Fall 2017, click here


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TWS: November 2017


TWS: Portfolio Classics


Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017


Portrait of Res, R&B singer for Vibe Magazine, New York. 1999


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