Frontier Psychiatrist

Frontier Photography – Jen Davis

Posted on: May 13, 2011

4 A.M., 2003

These self-portraits deal with my insecurities about my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others in a society that dictates beauty based on physical appearance.

What Was Left, 2007

I transform the act of taking a self-portrait into a performance for the camera.  Many of my pictures take place in my home, revealing aspects of my identity that are private and personal.  My work is partially based on personal experiences that I have re-constructed into a photograph, and partially based on fantasies of what I imagine a physical relationship to be regarding intimacy, love and desire.

Untitled No. 34_2010

Jen Davis is a Brooklyn-based photographer.  She received her MFA from Yale University in 2008 and her BA from Columbia College Chicago in 2002. Her recent exhibitions include reGeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers today opening at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others. Her photographs are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, and the Houston Center for Photography. Her work has been featured in Camera Austria, Aperture, and PDN.


1 Response to "Frontier Photography – Jen Davis"

This was wonderful. Thank you, FP, for publishing these photographs, and thank you, deeply, to Jen Davis for the willingness to examine not just the body and “beauty” but also your own vulnerabilities.

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