Michelle Zassenhaus
Medium: Photography and Painting

Studio Location:
165 2nd Street - Boathouse
Studio # 1

Phone: 6466440766

Email: mzassenhaus@gmail.com

Artist Bio:
MICHELLE ZASSENHAUS (American, b.1974) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States. Her work has been recognized by Photo District News, L'????il de la Photographie, and Don't Take Pictures.

Artist Statement:
As a photographer, particularly a long-exposure photographer, I'm interested in the essence of a place, the signature, which emerges when the surface ephemera give way to the underlying structure.

In cities like New York, cluttered with people, buildings and things, the horizon is obscured. The periphery reveals the horizon, and like a cross-cut section, the nature of the ground on which the city is built.

These images are portraits of the periphery. During exposures of several minutes to several hours (often overnight), what's fleeting escapes the lens; what's fundamental bores into the image. Much as a painter manipulates paint, I exploit the physical properties of film to tease out the subtle beauty of place.

Like portraits of people, these images are an exploration of the spaces' essence, discrete vocabulary, mannerisms, structures, shapes, colors, climates and stories told by the elements left behind: failed piers, jetties, efforts to manage the transitions between land and water. They are also a celebration of the beautiful surprises found within the city limits at the water's edge.

All images and text copyright Michelle Zassenhaus