On the Edge of Somewhere
by Steve Giovinco
About the Book
I photograph intimate and emotional relations between couples. The images are taken from daily life, and the subjects are myself and my wife. I focus on unguarded moments showing a couple eating, resting, talking, feeling bored, listless, being sexual, et cetera—living—to capture intimate psychological and emotional feelings between two people. Influences have been the films of Fassbinder and Ingmar Bergman and renaissance and Nineteenth Century painting. I see what is in front of me, feel an emotional and visceral connection, and capture this in photographs. Documenting how people live their lives, my photographs trace the poetry and lyricism of daily life.
These images are taken as if there was no camera--or photographer--in the room. As a result, we experience a couple’s life unfold, see their unguarded moments, and watch them just exist.
Features & Details
Earning his MFA from Yale University, I have been awarded fellowships to attend Yaddo artist residencies in 2001, 2002 and 2010. Museums collecting my work have included Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Yale University Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of Art, The California Museum of Photography, Winnipeg Art Gallery and The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida, among others. Solo museum exhibitions include the California Museum of Photography, the Butler Institute of American Art, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, the VELAN Center, Torino, Italy, and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. I am represented by Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York, where I have been in numerous exhibitions, including a one person exhibition which was reviewed by Art in America in 2008. Group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Sadler’s Wells, London, with Thomas Joshua Cooper, Exit Art.