This week’s inspiration is a contemporary local photographer who has received a good amount of acclaim, David Hilliard. I came across his work when I was studying photography at Amherst. His portraits immediately captured my attention as the scenery was both beautiful and familiar. His imagery is usually based off of his own life – of his friends, lovers, family.
I am drawn to how Hilliard includes multiple photographs to create story boards, while maintaining integrity in each segment. By breaking up the photographs, he points to the human experience as both isolated and connected. It is personal yet universal, and often includes touches of humor along with pointing to feelings of isolation.
I have been lucky enough to have David speak to one of my classes as he was quite open and engaging. If you have a chance to see his work at the MFA or local galleries I encourage you to do so – really a treat. I own his book (which you can check out at my studio), and hope to one day own a piece… that would be awesome. See his bio and link to more imagery below.
DAVID HILLIARD received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art before going on to complete his MFA at Yale University. He has had solo exhibitions in Paris, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Frankfurt, Seattle, New Orleans, and Barcelona, among others. He worked for many years as an assistant professor at Yale University where he also directed the undergraduate photo department. He has also taught at Harvard and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art. Hilliard often participates in residencies and lectures at universities such as Harvard and Yale. He spent the spring of 2010 at Dartmouth College as their artist in residence. He exhibits his photographs both nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards such as the Fulbright and Guggenheim. His photographs can be found in many important collections including the Whitney Museum of American art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the University of Salamanca in Spain, the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work is represented in galleries widely in the US and Europe. In 2005 a collection of his photographs was published in a monograph by Aperture Press. David Hilliard lives and works in Boston, MA.
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