When: Aug. 1-Sept. 1 2018
A person’s body is just one of their representations; what surrounds someone from day to day can be as telling as body language or facial expressions. This show at Middlebury’s PhotoPlace Gallery presents a selection of photographic portraits featuring subjects in their “natural” setting, be it barbershop, beach or bed. Casting a wide net with its open and international submission process, the gallery partnered with juror Elizabeth Avedon (related to famed American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon by marriage to his son). She culled roughly 30 works from nearly 2,000 images submitted from around the globe. The resulting show roves from sober National Geographic-style travel photography to Nan Goldin-esque boudoir shots to celebrity portraiture — such as Susan May Tell’s take on the late Anthony Bourdain (pictured), with no food in sight.