Tallulah Schwartz is a New York-born and -based photographer and video artist. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in English theory and literary forms and a minor in film. She is a 2019 WIJSL Endowed Program Fund grant recipient, currently in post-production on a personal documentary exploring the limits of biological kinship and the nuances of the second-generation Jewish diasporic subject.
Tallulah’s work, primarily still and moving images, is concerned with tension as it manifests in people, places, things, and their interactions, as well as the humor that emerges from depicting identity photographically. She is fascinated by the discord between fact and fiction, how people perceive themselves, how she captures them, and the ways this confluence manifests for the viewer.
Originally trained in fine art and darkroom photography, I have moved much of my image-making practice onto my iPhone camera, a transition that has enriched my creative process and output in unexpected ways. Stripped of manual exposure calculations, variability in camera quality, and visibility as a photographer, a new freedom and agility emerge—along with a new visual language and set of technical considerations. Function follows form in this work, the pictures inextricable from—and fully aware of—the technological processes that produce them. Working in a widely accessible medium has made me aware of what compels me foremost in images and image-making: the content of a photo and the stakes in its representation for photographer, viewer, and subject alike.
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