MARY ANN LYNCH Photographer/writer filmmaker Mary Ann Lynch was born, raised, and lives in the lower Adirondacks of New York State. Her photographs have been widely exhibited, published, and written about since 1970, in national and international shows from Hawaii to New York to Europe and Asia, in magazines and anthologies from American Photo, PDN and Shots to National Geographic. Lynch favors long-term projects and is drawn to ancestry, art, popular culture, spiritually charged places, and the streets of New York City as recurrent themes. Since 1992, her most popular project has been Forever Marilyn, her exploration of the global legacy of Marilyn Monroe. In May 2015 Lynch opens a major two-subject exhibition in Tartu, Estonia: "Forever Marilyn," and "Witness: Artists &Their Work". When Lynch moved to Hawaii in 1968 to teach English at the University of Hawaii, her photography also took off, including her commitment to help build the global network for photography. She was a founder of the Image Foundation, which sponsored workshops and noteworthy visiting artists; the Executive Director of the Hawaii Film Board, the country’s first regional film center; and within a few years, a leading photographer – and one of few women--on the burgeoning film/photography scene in Hawaii. Her first major photography exhibition, "Kalapana, a Hawaiian Place," toured the Hawaii library system and helped protect the famous Black Sand Beach in Kalapana from becoming a tourist resort. Publishing: In 1977 Lynch and family returned home to the Adirondacks, where she undertook Combinations Press, one of the first small press photography magazines. In 1998 she founded Not for Profit Photography to call attention to independent work by photographers seeking social change. She continues to publish essays and articles on culture and the arts in magazines and outlets from B&W, Camera Arts, Color, and National Geographic to Imagista (online) and Insight Guides. Selected appearances: Colgate University, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival (2014), NYS Writers’ Institute, NYU, Ohio University, Tartu Art College, Estonia (2012), U.C. Santa Cruz, SPE conferences. Education: Cornell University, B.A in English; University of California at Berkeley, M.A. in English; New York University Graduate Film, MFA in Filmmaking. Also attended workshops with Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, A.D. Coleman, Robert Heinecken, Anne Waldman, Minor White. Awards, grants, fellowships (selected): AT&T, Brooklyn Arts Council, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, Helena Rubenstein Foundation, IPA, Kodak International Pathe, NYS Council on the Arts, National Science Foundation, Sierra Club. Lynch’s feature documentary on the poet Lyn Lifshin debuted at the Denver International Film Festival, and received awards from the Chicago Film Festival, the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, New York University Film Festival, and elsewhere. Selected Collections: Center for Creative Photography at Tucson; Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts; ICP; Lyman Museum, Hilo Hawaii; NYS Museum at Albany; Southwest Center for Photography, Visual Studies Research Center. Lynch's photographs have sold at secondary auction at Christies’ NY and Bassenge, Germany. www.maryannlynch. com awards above
The relationship between the artist and his/her subject at the moment of creation is invisible, "seen" and felt even by the artist only deep in the interior. I seek to evoke an "unseen" bond or tie between the artist and their work by photographing them at their show opening, with no pre-arrangements. I ask the artist to choose a position and close their eyes, thinking about the work while I photograph. This lets me embed the artist into their work via whatever narrative and feeling the situation fires in me as I move about finding the position for myself as well. To me and those involved, this series is revelatory.