Miriam Levine was an international opera singer and one of the dynamic residents living at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey. This portrait is part of the series An Intimate Encore; a fine art, multi media photographic series shot in one unique location, The Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey; an assisted living and nursing home for retired performing arts and entertainment professionals. This series of black & white portraits creates a respectful and honest visual narrative of the individual subjectsâ€™ state of mind and their emotional, physical and mental health as they cope with and overcome the challenges of aging, while still continuing to share their talent, living together in an innovative and caring atmosphere.
Wendy Paton is an award winning American photographer, best known for her dramatic black and white, candid, nocturnal portraits; living and working in the U.S. and Paris. Patonâ€™s keen interest in photography began in 1981 while in the throes of a groundbreaking career training and driving Standardbred racehorses. She went on to study at the International Center of Photography in New York City, learned the intricacies of night photography from Michael Kenna and darkroom printing from her mentor and collaborator, master printer, Chuck Kelton. Paton had her first solo exhibition in New York City at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in 2010 and has had numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2012 the launch of her first monograph, Visages de Nuit published by Kehrer Verlag, coincided with the solo museum exhibition, Wendy Paton: Visages de Nuit, in Moscow at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography. In 2014 Patonâ€™s first U.S. solo museum exhibition, Wendy Paton: Nuit Blanche, opened at The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her images have been published in numerous international publications as well as exhibition and museum catalogs, and appeared on CNN and Russia Today television. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of Musee de la Photographie, James A. Michener Art Museum, Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography - Moscow, International Center of Photography, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Personal Collection of Prince Albert ll of Monaco as well as other notable private collections. â€œPatonâ€™s images are portraits and stories captured with the craft of perception and the energy of visual instinct. Her eye is that of celebrant as well as voyeur, and in graphic compositions of black and white, she offers personal and intimate glimpses of our human, ineffable presenceâ€.