RA Friedman

RA Friedman

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    The Covid-19 Portrait Project

    Artist's Biography

    RA Friedman has followed a career-long passion for the human figure's ability to convey intimate and complex states of being. Adept at photography, drawing, and recrafting older technologies, his unique approach to creative inquiry involves the interplay between the objectivity of the camera and the subjectivity of the hand-made. His projects often reach out directly to the public as participants and creative partners.

    Artist's Statement

    I am an explorer looking for the elusive figure in an even more elusive space; that glimmer of the transcendent caught out of the corner of your eye just before the light faded. Bits and pieces find me through the process of experiment over long periods of time. I do my best to piece them together again.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2019
    Figurative Alchemy, Center for Arts and History, Lewiston, ID

    2012
    Silver, Carbon and Brass, Ven and Vaida, Philadelphia, PA

    2008
    A Cabinet of Photographic Curiosities, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2020
    Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, New York, NY

    2018
    Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, New York, NY

    2017
    In the Devil's House, Stephen Romano Gallery, New York, NY

    Eye of the Beholder, Pratt Manhattan, New York, NY

    2016
    Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, New York, NY

    2014
    Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, New York, NY

    2011
    Spirit Photography, Merchant's House Museum, New York, NY
    With Sally Mann and Hal Hirshorn

    2007
    Art at Glam, Glam Nightclub, Philadelphia, PA

    Photo Image '07, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    Variety Show, Falling Cow Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Artist's Bibliography

    2021
    "Artist Looks Back on 1 Year of Painting Portraits of Those Lost to Coronavirus" Interview, NBC10 TV, Philadelphia, PA, March 11, 2021

    Interview, Art Watch Podcast, January 20, 2021

    2020
    Interview, WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL, July 24, 2020

    Philly Artist Draws Pictures of Those Lost to Coronavirus, NBC10 TV, Philadelphia, PA, July 15, 2020

    McBride, Dara, "Portraits from the Pandemic," Broad Street Review, July 27, 2020

    Salisbury, Stephan, "This artist has been on a mission to draw Philadelphians claimed by coronavirus. Now he’s looking for others to help," The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2020

    2015
    "Film versus Digital through RA Friedman's Look," Shootingfilm.net, April

    Publications

    2022
    The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine, January

    2019
    The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine, January

    2017
    The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine, January

    2016
    Peau Magazine, Summer

    2015
    "Submission Monday," Oitzarisme.ro, Romania, July 6, 2015

    F-Stop Magazine, April

    "Hero of the Week," What A Roll, Spain, April

    The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine, February

    2013
    Sun Magazine, November

    The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine, September

    2012
    Supplementaire, United Kingdom, Issue #7, February

    Professional Experience

    2017 - Present
    Pratt Institute, New York, NY
    Teacher: Continuing & Professional Studies, Drawing, Analog Photography

    Tacony Lab, Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Teacher: Drawing, Pinhole and Digital Photography

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Teacher, Continuing Education: Pinhole Photography, Digital Photography I and II, High School Intensive in Photography

    Residencies

    2019
    Lewis and Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
    Residency

    Residency included a pinhole photography class for college photo students, faculty lecture, and pinhole light painting workshop in tandem with exhibition of pinhole work at the Center for Arts and History,Lewiston

    Public Projects

    Founded 2020
    The Covid-19 Portrait Project, USA

    Friedman and invited artists draw portraits of Philadelphians (now all US residents) lost to Covid-19. Source photos are taken either from public sources on the web or sent to the artist by family members. By producing hand drawn images of those who have perished and then creating slide photographs of them for a projection-installation, Friedman memorializes individual lives and reflects them in dialogue with their humanity.

    Founded 2008
    Tsirkus Fotografika (The Circus of Photography)

    A sponsored project of Fractured Atlas. Originally, a traveling, large-format, vintage portrait studio designed to bring the creative stage to communities. Project is now focused on community-based drawing projects.

    2016 - 2020
    NYC Film Photography Meet-up

    Organizer for a group of over 800 film photography enthusiasts.

    2015
    Photographers Squared, with Mindy Veissid

    A $17,000 book project funded on Kickstarter to discover the authentic in the American landscape and to inspire high school and college students. The project traveled to five US locales, photographing the same subjects on medium format film (Friedman) and digitally (Veissid). Concurrently, they met with students and enthusiasts in each area.

    2012 - 2014
    The Concrete Muse

    A weekly image email and blog focusing on the Philadelphia urban landscape, black and white photography, and printmaking.

    2012
    The Big Nude Photo Shoot

    Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a large-scale figurative work shot on large-format instant film funded via Kickstarter.

    2011
    Journeys South, Philadelphia Mural Arts

    Funded $20,000 project residency to create photo portraits in the South 7th Street neighborhood of Philadelphia that went into a giant zoetrope.

    Education

    1994
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    MFA, Painting

    1985
    Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
    BA, Technical Theatre