Photography my first love – so let me introduce you all to photographer Barbara Yoshida. She captured not one great portrait, but 100. And to make it all the more glorious, her subjects are all female artists, groundbreaking in their own right. A great portrait is more than just a frozen reflection of the subject’s appearance. It’s a chance moment, blanketed in natural light, in which the subject’s authentic self is visible in her expression, her stance, her aura. A great portrait blurs the line between a subject and her surroundings, all contributing equally to the overall impression of a singular human being. Beginning in 1990, the Portland-born photographer began documenting female artists, ranging from well-known art stars to emerging newcomers, those working in feminist performance, biomorphic sculpture, found object assemblage and West African textiles.
Yoshida’s “One Hundred Portraits: Women Artists” will be on view from March 3 through March 27, 2015 at the Salena Gallery at LIU Brooklyn, in honor of Women’s History Month. See a preview of 3 images from the exhibition below.