Alternate Title PJK Exhibit
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Peggy Jarrell Kaplan began taking portraits of artists around 1980. Over the course of the ensuing decades, she has photographed hundreds of subjects, primarily choreographers and visual artists. Around 135 of those performed or showed at BAM, which is why the artists in Kaplan’s portraits may be familiar to audience members, from either performances, publications, or exhibitions. She once said, “Why take photographs? To prolong the performance.” The body of work captures a generation of artists at various stages in their careers. But it is also a unique example of a multi-layered, highly personal artistic process by Kaplan—collaborating with artists, selecting the most representative portraits, and working in her darkroom to develop each chosen negative into richly toned, warm black and white prints. With the advent of digital photography, this art is increasingly lost to time, making Kaplan’s work even more important. The BAM Hamm Archives is thrilled to be adding the Peggy Jarrell Kaplan collection to its holdings.