"Photography is not about fact or truth; but it is about a casual relationship between light, subject, and receptive material. Light reflects off an object and accumulates on a sensitized surface, marking it so as to resemble that object. Things that we see as well as things that we do not see are held in relationship to one another, and the photograph—unlike a painting or drawing—becomes a mysterious but irrefutable anchor to a real event in space and time. This does not mean that the photograph cannot lie or distort; it can do both. But hidden within that illusion is always an umbilical cord to an actual moment."
—Jocelyn Lee, nowhere but here
Jocelyn Lee was born in Naples Italy, and received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. In 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1996 her work, The Youngest Parents, was published by DoubleTake Books and The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in collaboration with Robert Coles and John Moses. She has exhibited nationally, most recently in an exhibition entitled "Feature Photography" at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithosonian Institution in Washington, DC, 2008; The Pace MacGill Gallery in NY, 2007 (Solo)/2005; The DeCordova Museum in Waltham, Mass 2007; The Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2007 (Solo); The University of Maine Museum of Art, 2006 (Solo); Stone Hill College, Easton, Mass, 2005 (Solo); The Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, 2004 (Solo)/2003; The Bates College Museum of Art in Augusta, ME, 2004; The Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, MA 2004; The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, 2004; Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, GA, 2003; The LFL Gallery in NYC, 2001 (Solo); The Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME, 2001; and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 2000.
Her works are in the collections of Maison Europeen de la Photographie, Paris, France; The Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, CT; The List Center at MIT, Cambridge, Mass.; The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME.; The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, NC.; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.; The Bates College Museum of Art. Lewiston, ME.; and The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockport, ME. She is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery. Her work has appeared in many national publications including The New York Times Magazine, DoubleTake and Harpers. She teaches at Princeton University.
Statements on Jocelyn Lee's photography can be found here.
Her exhibition at the ROSEGALLERY is scheduled to open 24 September and run through 19 November.
Image: Copyright Jocelyn Lee. Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles